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Launch of new fire suppression solution in Africa slated for 2018

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2018 Fire-suppression solutions supplier Fire and Security Techniques is eager to introduce the African mining industry to a new fire-suppression solution, Tunnel Safe, which will allow for safer evacuation of mineworkers underground during a fire, to the African mining industry.  CEO Neil Hughes... 

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

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... 

Tracking Europe's waste: 'There's gold in them landfills'

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Some of Europe's richest deposits of valuable materials are in the trash, ranging from gold in smartphones to cobalt in electric car batteries, according to a survey of urban mining published on Wednesday. Scrap vehicles, batteries, computers, fridges and other electronic and electrical waste... 

AfriTin marks progress at Uis mine

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2018 Aim-listed tin miner AfriTin Mining has acquired the entire front-end crushing component for the processing circuit of the Phase 1 processing plant at the company’s Uis tin mine, in Namibia. The equipment includes a jaw crusher, three cone crushers, stacking and conveying equipment and an... 

US trade panel allows China aluminium sheet dumping probe to proceed

By: Reuters     12th January 2018 The US International Trade Commission on Friday said in an initial finding that imports of aluminium alloy sheet metal from China harm US producers, allowing a US probe to proceed into whether the product was being dumped or unfairly subsidized. Employing a seldom-used tactic aimed at speeding... 

Tawana’s Bald Hill set for current quarter production

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2018 ASX-listed Tawana Resources and joint venture (JV) partner Singapore-listed Alliance Mineral Assets Limited (AMAL) are preparing for the start of lithium concentrate production from its Bald Hill lithium and tantalum mine, in Western Australia, during the current quarter. In an update to... 

World's top commodity engine roars to record with Xi at helm

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2018 China continues to gobble up the world’s commodities, setting new records for consumption of everything from crude oil to soybeans. In a year of flux marked by industrial capacity cuts, environmental curbs and financial deleveraging, demand for raw materials has continued to grow in the world’s... 

Incledon Bloemfontein to be launched officially in the New Year

     8th January 2018 Incledon Bloemfontein began operating in November 2017, and will be launched officially in January 2018. It will service the civil, irrigation, mining, and industrial markets in the key Free State area, according to Branch Manager Conrad Wendelstadt. With 19 years’ experience in the pump and... 

Lesotho mine delivers another high-value diamond

     15th December 2017 Global diamond producer Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng diamond mine in Lesotho yielded a high-quality 202 ct Type IIa-D colour, the seventh diamond over 100 ct to be recovered this year. The announcement marks the seventh diamond of over 100 ct to be recovered in 2017 from Letšeng. The mine, it is... 

Underground mine plans for Karowe moving forward

     15th December 2017 The results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) announced by diamond miner Lucara Diamonds in November demonstrate the potential economic viability for the development of an underground mine at Karowe, in Botswana. The development of the underground mine is planned after the completion of... 

More than 100 jobs on offer at Rio Tinto’s Weipa mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th December 2017 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has launched a recruitment drive for more than 100 new roles at its bauxite mines on the western Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. The opportunities are available across Rio Tinto’s operations at Weipa including existing mines at Andoom and East Weipa and the new... 

SA Hippo Founder Celebrates 38 Years Of Innovative Manufacturing.

     11th December 2017   Hazleton Pumps International (Pty) Ltd previously known as Electro-Mech (Pty) Ltd was registered on 23 October 1979 with electrical and mechanical contracting being the main business activities of the company. Electro-Mech further expanded the business to include borehole drilling and the... 

Owner’s engineer role by ‘Proudly South African’ Erudite pleasing Perth 

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2017 New ‘Proudly South African’ start-up Erudite Strategies has hit a rich vein of acceptance in Australia, where investors in junior mining projects in Africa are showing alacrity in taking up its unique client representative and owner’s engineer offering. Each of Erudite’s three leading lights has... 

Galena Complex, US

By: Sheila Barradas     8th December 2017 A silver/copper/lead/zinc mine in Shoshone County, Idaho. 

Exploration for, and production of, valuable minerals in Mozambique continue to advance

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2017 There have been a number of recent developments involving smaller mining companies, both local and foreign, in Mozambique recently. These involve both exploration and production activities.  

SA Hippo Slurry Submersible Pump Guarantees No Electric Winding Burn Out

     4th December 2017 To increase the reliability of the HIPPO submersible slurry pump, specific controls have been designed to protect the submersible slurry pump’s electrical stator winding from burning out. With the safety controls being built into the electrical control panel as well as the pump, as supplied by... 

Renewables-heavy mix is South Africa’s cheapest option, yet another study confirms

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2017 A new, independently produced techno-economic model of South Africa’s cost-optimal power generation mix in 2040 outlines a system where 69% of the electrical energy is produced from onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generators, supported by batteries and gas-fired generators. Conducted by... 

Chairlift system to augment safety at Orkney mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st December 2017 A 180-m-long, footwall-mounted chairlift system will be installed at gold miner Tau Lekoa Gold Mining Company’s mine near Orkney, in the North West, in January to assist the mine with daily operations and enhance its safety. Energy distribution, automation, communication, transportation and roof... 

South Zambezi delivers Engineering services: for Africa by Africans 

By: Tracy Hancock     1st December 2017 South Zambezi corporate director Sikanyisiwe Phiri and Makoko Makgonye discuss its role in developing Africa 

DFS lowers capital and operating costs of WA rare earths project

By: Mariaan Webb     28th November 2017 The definitive feasibility study (DFS) of the Yangibana rare earths project in Western Australia has significantly improved the capital cost requirements and operating cost estimates. The project, which has been assigned a ‘lead-agency project’ status by the state government, will require... 

Bald Hill project 'coming to life'

By: Mariaan Webb     28th November 2017 The Bald Hill lithium project, near Kambalda, in Western Australia, is proceeding apace with structural steel work now well advanced and the placement of mechanical equipment and electrical cable having started. Mark Calderwood, MD of Tawana Resources, which owns the project in a joint venture... 

Feasibility study boosts Lincoln’s Kookaburra Gully graphite project prospects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th November 2017 A feasibility study has found in favour of developing what is likely to be Australia’s only operating graphite mine when construction and commissioning work begins towards the second half of next year. ASX-listed Lincoln Minerals on Monday announced the outcomes of the study, which focused on... 

Relays assist with cable-theft detection

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2017 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s Proloc and ProBeck electronic protection and control relays have been designed for motor protection, as well as cable-theft detection, in diverse industries, including ventilation and cooling applications in mining and quarrying. 

After 130 years cooling comes to the oldest listed mine

     22nd November 2017 As you mine deeper, sooner or later it’s going to get hot. And so it has at Barberton, although it has taken more than a hundred years. BBE Projects have recently commissioned a refrigeration and air cooling system at Barberton Mine’s Fairview Shaft to provide much-needed cooling for the on-going... 

Eskom’s ‘death spiral’ under the microscope 

By: Terence Creamer     21st November 2017 A major topic of discussion during recent public hearings into Eskom’s 2018/19 revenue application, was whether a further double-digit tariff hike could trigger a “utility death spiral”, whereby rising tariffs and utility costs spark an exodus of energy-intensive customers from the network,... 

Argentina Lithium embarks on 10 000 m drill campaign; open to more acquisitions 

By: Henry Lazenby     17th November 2017 TSX-V-listed lithium explorer Argentina Lithium on Thursday announced that it has appointed a new project manager to oversee a 10 000 m exploration drilling campaign at its two active projects in Argentina – located within the prospective Arizaro and Incahuasi salars. The Vancouver-headquartered... 

AngloGold’s capex project progressing as planned, within budget

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th November 2017 JSE- and New York-listed AngloGold Ashanti says its high-return and low-capital projects in its international portfolio to extend mine lives and improve margins remain on track and within budget. “We expect . . . continued delivery to tight timelines and budgets on our portfolio-improvement... 

CSIR signals renewables-led electricity mix by 2050 

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2017 The CSIR Energy Centre has published updated research outcomes indicating that South Africa’s least-cost electricity mix, by 2050, includes predominantly solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind contributing nearly 80% of the country’s electrical energy. The research outcomes, which were released... 

Network Video Surveillance Provides Business Intelligence To Today’s Mining Community

     15th November 2017 Today’s mining sector remains under constant threat. The ever present, and growing, number of illegal miners make efficient and effective security essential. “This is as critical for open mine shafts as it is for inefficient or temporarily closed ones,” says Roy Alves, Country Manager at Axis... 

Australian Bauxite to produce aluminium fluoride

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th November 2017 ASX-listed junior Australian Bauxite has inked a heads of agreement (HoA) with technology provider Refined Ore Industries (ROIL) to produce aluminium fluoride from bauxite. Under the terms of the HoA, Australian Bauxite will have exclusive global rights to produce aluminium fluoride from the... 

Parnis Completes Skid-Mounted Substations For Panama

     13th November 2017 Heavy engineering and fabrication specialist Parnis Manufacturing has successfully completed a fast track project to supply skids and enclosures for three skid-mounted substations for Schneider Electrics. The large mining skids are bound for Panama. Parnis Manufacturing project manager Manuel Di... 

Electra Mining Africa is over 80% sold with 10 months to go

     13th November 2017 Benefitting from 46 years of experience accumulated since the inaugural event, Electra Mining Africa has a proven track record for driving sales, sales leads and building brand awareness. For many exhibitors, Electra Mining Africa is seen as a gateway into Africa for further business expansion.... 

Macraes mine, New Zealand

By: Thabi Madiba     10th November 2017 A gold mine located about 100 km north of Dunedin in the Otago region of the South Island, New Zealand. 

Madagascar graphite mine poised for global success

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Proving its growing strength in the graphite market, Australian industrial mineral concentrate producer Bass Metals – the only graphite producer currently listed on the ASX – last month sold, in advance, 50%, or 3 000 t/y, of flake graphite concentrate from the first stage of its Graphmada mine’s... 

AngloGold achieves strong Q3 performance, on track to meet FY guidance

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th November 2017 Johannesburg- and New York-listed AngloGold Ashanti generated free cash flow of $88-million in the third quarter of this year, following strong production and cost containment across its portfolio, and remains on track to meet its full-year guidance.  The free cash flow for the quarter, compared... 

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa

     3rd November 2017 Medium to heavy engineering company Parnis Manufacturing has secured a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-Houses) for a mine in Africa, which it attributes to its established record for high-quality manufacture. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked... 

SA Hippo Sucessfully Exhibited At The Cim Memo 2017 In Saskatoon

     27th October 2017 The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) was founded in 1898 and it is the leading technical society of professionals in the Canadian Minerals, Metals, Materials and Energy Industries consisting of 10 Technical Societies and over 35 Branches. The members of this... 

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