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Stonewall plans for 2019 restart of production at Pilgrims Rest project

By: Nadine James     22nd June 2018 ASX-listed Stonewall Resources’ Pilgrims Rest gold project, in Mpumalanga, is expected to start production towards the end of 2019. Stonewall Mining South Africa CEO George Jenkins told African Mining Network attendees on Thursday evening that the company is converting its mining permits to... 

First Quantum says competitiveness key to Zambia copper production

By: African News Agency      22nd June 2018 Global metals and mining company First Quantum has urged Zambia to ensure competitiveness and stability in the sector in order to attract foreign direct investment and regain its slot as Africa's largest copper producer. Essential to this is a competitive electricity tariff structure that... 

Rham Equipment wants to improve safety and efficiency using IoT

By: Donald Makhafola     22nd June 2018 South African manufacturer of specialised mining and hydraulic equipment Rham Equipment is investing in advanced technology to ease equipment maintenance, where real-time data will be measured and used to make better decisions. Rham Equipment capital sales manager Francois van der Merwe says the... 

Casting methodology ensures high-quality sheave wheels

By: Paige Müller     22nd June 2018 Mining sheave wheels fabricated using the casting methodology are stronger than their welded counterparts, extending the life span of mining shafts and allowing that sheave wheels be custom-made to suit specific design and application conditions, states foundry and casting specialist KEW... 

Support to ensure optimal performance

22nd June 2018 With mining operations remaining under pressure to optimise plants, original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers must be more dynamic and focused in terms of their overall market offering, says minerals beneficiation technology supplier MBE Minerals SA MD Johannes Kottmann. He says that... 

Brand new equipment takes centre stage at coal terminal

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2018 The first phase of the equipment replacement project reached full swing at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) on Thursday when R1.34-billion worth of brand new stacker reclaimers and shiploaders went into official action, holding out the prospect of improved turnaround times for coal... 

BPI Launch Marks a New Era in Battery Driven Mining Technology in SA

20th June 2018 Battery Power Industries (BPI), an innovative battery driven mining vehicle solution provider has officially launched. BPI targets zero emission underground mining equipment with their advanced battery energy systems technology offering. BPI is a proudly South African OEM specialising in the... 

South African mining-focused EV manufacturer launched

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 Battery-driven mining vehicle solution provider Battery Power Industries (BPI) officially launched on Wednesday. The South African original-equipment manufacturer specialises in the development of battery energy systems, electrical traction systems and high-speed charging systems for underground... 

Asia's thermal coal demand poised to grow

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th June 2018 Asia’s thermal coal demand could increase by some 400-million tonnes by 2030, a new report commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) found. Asian thermal coal demand is expected to grown from the 740-million tonnes in 2017, to 1.147-billion tonnes in 2030. 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) have reached a significant milestone in a collaborative exercise on water conservation and water demand management aimed at driving water savings and usage improvements in the mining industry. The... 

Rapid dewatering pumps ensure safer diamond mining

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     15th June 2018 Germiston-based pumps supplier Centex Africa has supplied 13 dewatering pumpsets, with another eight pumpsets on order, to Namibian diamond mining company Namdeb to prolong the life of the mine by ensuring the safer mining of diamonds in the ocean water lakes in Oranjemund, on the southern coast... 

Wobbler technology benefits overhead irrigation for heap leaching

15th June 2018 Heap leach depths have increased from 15 m of ore depth to 150 m since the turn of the century. Higher closure and reclamation costs, as well as a need to decrease the impact on agricultural land, prompted mine managers to increase ore depths as a way to make mining operations more efficient and... 

Canada and Argentina sign energy and mining MoUs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 Ministers from Canada and Argentina on Thursday signed three memoranda of understanding (MoUs), dealing with energy efficiency, mining policy and nuclear energy cooperation. The MoUs demonstrate that the two countries place a high priority on energy efficiency as a means to reduce energy use and... 

Outotec Floatforce Retrofit significantly improved metallurgical performance for Jinchuan Group

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th June 2018 Outotec China successfully completed the 150m3 flotation cell retrofit project at Jinchuan Groups Ni-Cu facility in Jinchang. Background 

AuStar takes ownership of Rose of Denmark

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th June 2018 Gold junior AuStar Gold has taken full ownership of the Rose of Denmark gold project, in Victoria. The company told shareholders that it had acquired the remaining 51% interest of the mining license that holds the project, from Shandong Tianye Real Estate Development Group for A$225 000 in... 

Lithium price may soften this year on ‘slight oversupply’ but EVs driving future optimism 

By: Henry Lazenby     8th June 2018 The lithium price might be in for a rough ride this year, as a supply response might overshoot what the market actually needs, London-based pricing intelligence firm Metal Bulletin’s head of research William Adams tells Mining Weekly in an interview. “We see a slight lithium surplus coming this... 

MMEC conference outlook indicative of state of mining industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 The increase in international participation at the sixth edition of the Mozambique Mining, Energy and Natural Gas Conference (MMEC) reflected the state of the Mozambique mining industry, which is an emerging market, says event organiser AME Trade. The conference was held in Maputo on April 25 and... 

Lithium price may soften this year on ‘slight oversupply’ but EVs driving future optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     8th June 2018 The lithium price might be in for a rough ride this year, as a supply response might overshoot what the market actually needs, London-based pricing intelligence firm Metal Bulletin’s head of research William Adams tells Mining Weekly in an interview. “We see a slight lithium surplus coming this... 

Company equipped to capitalise on strengthening market

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st June 2018 With the materials, bulk handling and logistics market “largely improved” over the past two years, drive engineering specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa is capitalising on the opportunities this provides, building on its entrenched role and successes, SEW branch manager Jonathan McKey tells... 

Solution enhances use rates for mine fleet

1st June 2018 A total fuel-filtration solution from power and engine multinational Cummins’ Fleetguard has ensured that a haul-truck fleet at a large copper mine in Zambia has achieved use rates of between 85% and 90%, after previously experiencing operational difficulties relating to substandard fuel... 

Coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid silicosis repeat

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2018 South Africa’s coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid ending up in the same litigious space as the gold mining sector with silicosis. Earlier this month, a class action settlement was reached with thousands of mineworkers suffering from silicosis and/or... 

Two coal IPPs would cost S Africa an additional R20bn, not in public interest – report 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 A report released by the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) shows that government’s planned independent power producer (IPP) coal plants – Thabametsi and Khanyisa – would cost South Africa an additional R19.68-billion compared with a least-cost energy system.  

Chile's Pinera taps businessman Benavides as Codelco chair

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Chilean President Sebastian Pinera named Juan Benavides, a former CEO of Chile retail leader Falabella, as chairperson of the board of directors at Codelco, the world's top copper producer, the government said on Friday. Benavides was currently serving as chairman at Chilean private pension fund... 

Australia’s energy sector should leverage automation and technology to boost competitiveness

25th May 2018 Australia’s energy resources sector could unlock a potential A$10-billion in value to the national economy if it pursues a number of transforms, a report by National Energy Resources Australia (Nera) has found. In its 2018 update to the ‘Sector Competitiveness Plan’, Nera identified... 

Diamond evaluation sampling progressing at Botswana BK16 project

By: Melissa Zisengwe     25th May 2018 Some 101 diamonds (18.57 cts), the largest of which was 1.38 ct, were recovered last month from the treatment of the first evaluation samples taken the BK16 kimberlite pipe, which forms part of the Orapa kimberlite field (OKF) in Botswana. Diamond explorer Tsodilo Resources sampling programme... 

Junior miners could successfully navigate challenges in changing energy, resources market

25th May 2018 Recovering commodity prices, renewed optimism in the mining sector, and diversified ownership of Tier 1 mining companies are opening up opportunities for emerging and junior miners to enter the industry, says engineering consultancy company WorleyParsons RSA CEO Denver Dreyer. He explains that... 

Signet joins De Beers' Tracr blockchain platform pilot

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 Signet Jewelers will become the first retailer to join De Beers Group's end-to-end diamond blockchain pilot programme, known as Tracr. Tracr aims to complete the first digital link all the way from diamond production through to retail. 

Kropz clinches offtake from phosphates project

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2018 Plant nutrient minerals development company Kropz, which is developing the Elandfontein phosphates mining and processing project in the Western Cape, has secured several offtake agreements ahead of production. The cornerstone offtake agreement, for about a third of its production at market prices... 

Gensource project development secured as formal offtake accord is signed

By: Henry Lazenby     19th May 2018 The development of Gensource Potash’s first 250 000 t/y production module at its Vanguard project, in Saskatchewan, is another step closer to realisation after the company announced on Friday that it has signed a definitive offtake agreement with a major North American agriculture industry... 

Zimbabwe mines need $11bn investment to modernise

By: Reuters     18th May 2018 Zimbabwe needs up to $11-billion to modernise its mines and boost production to maximum capacity over the next five years, the head of the country's Chamber of Mines said on Friday. Foreign investor interest in the southern African nation is growing after the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe... 

India keen to do business with Africa’s energy sector

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Representatives from more than 45 Indian companies have been in Cape Town for the African Utility Week, with the hope of cracking deals in everything from the supply of galvanised wire to solar inverters and water generators.  Indian Chamber of Commerce director general and CEO Rajeev Singh... 

Alrosa sees rosy prospects from colourful diamonds

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 Russia's Alrosa, the world's largest diamond producer by output, plans to boost revenue from selling rare, coloured stones where demand is stable, although it is a niche business. Nature gives fancy colours to about one in every 10 000 rough diamonds of gem quality that are mined around the world. 

Nuclear industry urged to address business case

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th May 2018 Decisions on the future energy mix for South Africa need to be forward looking, not backward looking. So affirmed EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland in his keynote address to the National Nuclear Regulator's second Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference on Wednesday. "Nuclear power in South Africa... 

New 6” Trash Pump

14th May 2018 Australian Pumps’ new heavy duty 6” trash pump, the MQ62TD, is set to change the way dewatering is done on construction sites.  Traditionally dry primed pumps are used, even when the dry prime feature is not necessary. Australian Pumps’ research has revealed that 80% of construction sites... 

Cummins Filtration Provides Total Fleetguard Solution To Major Zambian Copper Mine

11th May 2018 A total fuel-filtration solution from Fleetguard has ensured that a haul-truck fleet at a large copper mine in Zambia has achieved utilisation rates of between 85% and 90%, after previously experiencing operational difficulties relating to substandard fuel qualities, which had reduced the fleet’s... 

Large power users urge Nersa to hold Eskom accountable for inefficiencies 

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2018 The Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) has argued that any cost-recovery granted to Eskom in relation to three Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) applications currently under review by the regulator be capped at R40.5-billion. However, it also urged the National Energy... 

Ramaphosa’s ‘New Deal’ could revive investor confidence, restore fiscal discipline – Goldman Sachs

By: Anine Kilian     11th May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic policy platform – otherwise known as the ‘New Deal’ for South Africa – does not represent a significant philosophical departure from stated objectives in the existing National Development Plan (NDP), but Ramaphosa’s focus on economic stewardship and reform... 

Remote con trol your Epiroc Scooptram with new automation package

11th May 2018 For greater safety and efficiency in underground mining, Epiroc releases a number of automation features for the Scooptram underground loader. The Scooptram Automation Regular package allows the Scooptram to be controlled through an operator station from a remote location. "With the new Scooptram... 

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