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Rand Merchant Bank cements its relationship with First Quantum Minerals

11th July 2018 The positive outlook for the copper sector bodes well for Zambia and its copper mines with copper comprising around 60% of the country’s total exports, while the country is expected to produce more than 1 million tonnes of the metal this year. Mining companies such as Canadian-based First... 

Battery-skeptic funds wait out cobalt rally seen as fleeting

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2018 Call them battery skeptics. Bets on surging demand for electric vehicles have made cobalt and lithium hot commodities, but some investors say the outlook is leaving them cold. While prices have more than doubled in the past three years on worries over shortages of the metals used in batteries,... 

Latest Komatsu production loaders cut operating costs, boost performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th July 2018 Komatsu has released upgraded low-emission Tier 4 engine powered versions of its WA500 and WA600 production loaders, with enhancements that see them consuming less fuel while delivering increased productivity and operating efficiency. The new WA500-8, powered by a Komatsu SAA6D140E-7 engine rated... 

New wheel dozer to drive productivity levels

6th July 2018 Global mining and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has released the new Cat 814K – a wheel dozer that delivers “operating comfort, efficiency and serviceability advancements”. The wheel dozer’s features include a new, sound-suppressed cab, an efficient power unit and transmission... 

Filtration company facilitates required high quality for fuel

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th June 2018 With clean, uncontaminated fuel being the key to optimal fuel system performance and longevity for modern diesel engines used in the mining industry, filtration designer and manufacturer Cummins Filtration is ensuring that its products and services cater to this. This entails the proper... 

Bell Equipment enters tipper truck market with Kamaz partnership

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 South African materials handling equipment supplier Bell Equipment has entered the Southern Africa tipper truck market through a partnership with Russian heavy duty truck manufacturer Kamaz. The new partnership was celebrated at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018, held in March, in Johannesburg, where the... 

Germany's Heraeus to open $100m precious metals recycling plant in China

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 German technology group Heraeus will open a precious metals refinery and recycling plant in China in September to take advantage of the country's rising demand for platinum group metals. Heraeus has invested almost $100-million in the facility in Nanjing covering 84 000 square metres, which will... 

Cobalt battery boom wavers as prices slide in top user China

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Cobalt is facing its first major test since an impending demand boom from electric vehicles triggered a two-year surge, with prices retreating in top consumer China amid signs there’s still enough material to go around. The price for cobalt sulfate – the chemical form used in car batteries and... 

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... 

B2Gold opens 7 MW solar farm at Namibia mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 Gold producer B2Gold Namibia on Wednesday celebrated the opening of the B2Gold Otjikoto solar farm, in the Otjozondjupa region.  

‘There is no knowing where the change will end’ – analyst

By: Henry Lazenby     30th May 2018 The wave of change that the electrification of automobiles brings is moving beyond electric vehicles (EV) to the micro, artificial intelligence and autonomous mobility options, which should increasingly be brought into the outlook for the burgeoning market. “Big gambles and bold leadership does... 

Jet engines help power cobalt to 10-year highs

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 The spotlight in the cobalt market has been fixed on electric vehicles but shrinking supply and robust demand from traditional sectors such as jet engine makers are helping fuel a price rally that shows no signs of fading. Cobalt in recent years has become synonymous with electric vehicles as it... 

Anglo American to spin off unit to encourage platinum demand

By: Reuters     15th May 2018 Anglo American will spin out its internal venture capital unit, it said on Tuesday, as the world's biggest platinum producer seeks to spur investment in fuel-cell technology to boost demand for a commodity in oversupply. A push, particularly in Europe and China, for lower-emission transport... 

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... 

Pre-construction work gets under way at Nevada Copper’s promising Pumpkin Hollow

By: Henry Lazenby     11th May 2018 The proponent of what will probably be North America’s next new copper mine development, Nevada Copper, has signed a pre-works agreement with Cementation USA and secured key long-lead time items, further derisking the restart of construction of the company's fully permitted and shovel-ready... 

Glencore's Congo mining conundrum

By: Reuters     4th May 2018 Miner and commodities trader Glencore is embroiled in a legal tangle over its copper and cobalt operations in Democratic Republic of Congo, where conflict and changes to regulations have deterred many mining firms. US sanctions on Glencore's former Israeli partner in Congo have been a trigger for... 

MGX looking forward to booking first revenue by Oct as commercial petrolithium plants deploy

By: Henry Lazenby     28th April 2018 Budding energy metals producer MGX Minerals is looking forward to generating its first revenues later this year as the first commercial petrolithium extraction systems deploy to sites in Utah and Alberta. “It’s a liability until it becomes an asset,” president and CEO Jared Lazerson says of the... 

Mashego Mashego

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Harry Ephraim Mashego, known as Mashego Mashego, the executive director corporate affairs, Harmony Gold Mining Company, an employer of 30 700 people 

Positive growth for African copper industry expected

By: Victor Moolman     20th April 2018 Market research firm BMI Research (BMI), a member of the Fitch Group, predicts positive production growth for the copper mining industry and in copper mine project development across Africa in its copper market research report ‘Global Industry Overview’, released last month. BMI commodities... 

Software, digitalisation to enhance mining productivity, efficiency

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th April 2018 Amid the recent economic downturn, with the global mining industry having to deal with volatile commodity prices, as well as the increasing need to improve operational efficiencies and address safety concerns, mining software solutions provider MICROMINE global marketing manager Kate Gilbey... 

Ultra-intensive investigation needed to expose intentions of brutal Modikwa killers

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has correctly called on police to pull out all the stops in their investigation of the horrific killing of six mineworkers and the injuring of 44 others on April 2, when the bus in which 50 Modikwa Platinum Mine employees were travelling was brutally... 

Shrinking platinum sector adds to Ramaphosa's economy challenge

By: Bloomberg     26th March 2018 “Ramaphoria” boosted the rand and revived investor sentiment on South Africa. But deep underground in the country’s platinum mines, there’s very little cause for optimism. Producers in South Africa, which accounts for about 70% of the world’s mined platinum, are closing shafts and cutting... 

The auto world needs to acknowledge that platinum is the ideal metal to exorcise the demons out of diesel

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 Platinum and diesel engines have been joined at the hip, which has created wonderful demand for the locally mined product over decades - and then all hell broke loose when the Volkswagen emission scandal broke in 2015. Since then, diesel has been progressively demonised, to the point of a German... 

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2018 The German Federal Court ruling on diesel car emissions, which could cost transgressors eight-billion euros in fines a year, is seen as a likely blessing in disguise for platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday. The global backlash against diesel-engine cars,... 

Energy Fuels wins approval to expand uranium, vanadium mines in Utah

By: Reuters     28th February 2018 Uranium miner Energy Fuels said on Tuesday it has won federal approvals to expand operations at two mines in southeastern Utah, after years of challenges from conservation groups worried about radon gas emissions. The Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service last week approved the... 

Biodiesel not an affordable solution for SA mines

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 Biodiesel currently does not present as a more affordable energy alternative for the local mining industry, says Sandton-based energy product supplier InnoFES MD Alexander Grobler. He says that, while many renewable-energy product producers and suppliers boast of the benefits of biodiesel... 

New directive will affect mining vessels off the shore of Namibia

By: Victor Moolman     23rd February 2018 In 2020, the International Maritime Organisation will implement a low sulphur fuel directive (LSFD) that will impact on the availability of fuel for ships and mining vessels off the coasts of African countries, including Namibia. The LSFD will require ships to use low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO),... 

Flare-gas-harnessing solution to be on show at Infacon XV

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 Swedish clean technology company Ripasso Energy will be presenting its PWR BLOK 400-F solution to the international ferroalloys industry at the fifteenth International Ferro-Alloys Congress (Infacon XV), which is taking place at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town, from February 25 to... 

Gold, silver miner Hochschild eyes move into copper and zinc

By: Reuters     21st February 2018 Gold and silver miner Hochschild Mining, which has been scouting for early-stage mining projects, is interested in moving into other metals including copper and zinc, the company's chief executive said on Wednesday. Miners around the world have been looking to take advantage of demand for... 

Nautilus rises as vessel construction passes 75% completion mark

By: Henry Lazenby     20th February 2018 The TSX-listed equity of marine mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals has gained nearly 44% since the start of the year, adding about 7% on Tuesday alone on news that construction of its production support vessel has passed the 75% completion mark. Under construction at the Fujian Mawei Shipyard, in... 

PGM prices set to decline in 2018, after initial growth

By: Simone Liedtke     9th February 2018 The price of platinum is projected to rise this year to $1 038/oz, then decline to an average price of $862/oz, with palladium expected to reach a high of $1 168/oz and decline to an average price of $948/oz, forecasts 2017 London Bullion Market Association Survey winner Glyn Stevens. 

Dempsey gets a foot in the lithium brine door

By: Mariaan Webb     6th February 2018 Australia-based Dempsey Minerals has moved to secure a landholding in what is arguably the most productive lithium brine basin in Argentina at a time when the lithium market is experiencing significant growth. The company announced on Tuesday that it had entered into an exclusive option agreement... 

North Dakota Bakken oil rises again in shadow of mighty Permian

By: Bloomberg     2nd February 2018 The Bakken shale is roaring back to life, and Kevin Black sees the evidence almost every day as he looks out the window of his blue Ford F-150 pickup truck. The president of Creedence Energy Services, which provides chemicals for oil wells, Black, 29, drives about two hours to Williston, North... 

Sula to pursue DRC cobalt opportunities as it changes name to African Battery Metals

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 Multicommodity exploration and development company Sula Iron & Gold, which has changed its name to African Battery Metals (ABM), will now focus on developing its cobalt exploration licences in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Trading in the company’s shares under the new name started on... 

Palladium risks tripping up as prices stampede higher

By: Reuters     17th January 2018 Palladium, the hottest property in the precious metals deck last year, is tipped for a record performance in 2018 even among bearish forecasters, but the metal could become a victim of its own success. The prospect of sharply higher prices could well prompt substitution of the metal for cheaper... 

Palladium bulls rule as prices hit record on tight supply

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2018 Palladium bulls are having a party. The metal used to curb pollution from gasoline-fueled engines climbed to a record in the spot market amid signs of robust demand. In China, Honda Motor Co.’s vehicle sales climbed 16% to a record last year. General Motors Co.’s sales in the Asian nation, the... 

The cobalt crunch for electric cars could be solved in suburbia

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2017 Almost 9 000 miles from the dusty Congo savanna, miners have hit on an entirely new source of cobalt – the rare mineral at the heart of the electric-car boom. And not only can they take coffee breaks, when they take a break, they can grab a doughnut at Tim Hortons. Scientists working for American... 

Cobalt’s dramatic demand bump gives rise to novel investment vehicle

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 Cobalt supply constraints, coupled with a never-before-seen boom in the adoption rate of electric vehicles (EV) across the globe, have conspired to create an ideal market in which a pure-play cobalt investment and participation vehicle's profits can outpace its peers. Cobalt, a critical ‘energy... 

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