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Schneider Electric offers latest ideas on MOM systems at MESA conference, exhibition

     16th November 2017 • Critical information on manufacturing solutions • Case studies in Food & Beverage, Mining • EcoStruxure drives IIoT The Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) will hold its annual conference and exhibition on 16-17 November 2107 in Gauteng. Amongst its silver sponsors is... 

Walkabout buys Lonmin’s Northern Ireland exploration portfolio

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th November 2017 Graphite developer Walkabout Resources on Tuesday announced its plans to diversify its exploration portfolio, with the acquisition of platinum miner Lonmin’s Northern Ireland exploration portfolio. Under the terms of the transaction, Walkabout acquired Lonmin’s Northern Ireland exploration... 

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... 

Announcing noteworthy diamond finds keeps market interest high – Paragon International

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 A review of 61 diamond finds over the past five years, which were significant enough to warrant press releases by the companies that mined them, shows that announcing the diamond finds publicly keeps market interest high, said diamond investment specialist Paragon International Wealth Management... 

Australia-Peru FTA to benefit mining industry

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th November 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) on Friday welcomed the signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) with Peru, with interim CEO David Byers saying it would create significant new opportunities for Australia’s mining and mining services exports and investment. “The trade deal will immediately... 

Bold steps taken to ensure growth in West Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 With the development of a strong project pipeline and exploration prioritised in the underexplored Birimian belt, in West Africa, gold miner Endeavour Mining is on a clear path to achieving its 2019 goal of becoming a premier African gold producer, says Endeavour Mining CEO Sebastien de Montessus. 

New merger boosts offering for Africa’s mining industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2017 Multinational consulting, engineering and project management firm Amec Foster Wheeler has merged with industrial facilities specialist Wood Group to form a new company – Wood – that will specialise in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services in the energy and industrial... 

Positive signs for African miners with transparent regulations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2017 While the African mining industry is in a downturn, countries that boast favourable mining regulations will capitalise once the industry improves, says global engineering, project and technical services firm Wood Mining & Minerals EMEA business development director Trevor Anderson. Wood is a... 

Masingita Group of Companies Announces Diversification Plans into Mining Industry

     10th November 2017 Masingita Group of Companies, a black-owned property developer, has embarked on a strategic business diversification drive which will see its interests extended to the mining industry. Mike Nkuna, a well-known businessman and founder of Masingita Group of Companies, said this strategic business... 

Tradecore Steel Enters Third Year Of Operation

     8th November 2017 Local steel trading company’s growth shows there is no substitute for experience and expertise. November 2017 marks two full years of operation at TradeCore Steel (Pty) Ltd, a privately-owned steel trading and distribution company based in Wadeville, Gauteng. 

ATO probing possible Australian links in Paradise Papers

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th November 2017 The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) said this week that it would continue to work closely with other tax administrations to share intelligence in the wake of the so-called Paradise Papers release. The ATO also said that it had started analysing intelligence to identify possible Australian links. 

Advisory body seeks ‘ideal tax’ in proposed India minerals policy

By: Ajoy K Das     6th November 2017 The Indian government’s apex policy advisory body has advocated that the new National Mineral Policy (NMP) “define an ideal taxation system” for the mining sector and explore the possibility of merging current multiple levies into a globally competitive tax regime. The National Institute for... 

Tungsten Mining signs MoU with Chinese partner

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd November 2017 ASX-listed Tungsten Mining has signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China’s Xiamen Tungsten Company (XTC) over the Mt Mulgine project, in Western Australia. Under the MoU, the two companies will work to establish an offtake agreement under which XTC would purchase tungsten... 

Acacia CEO, CFO to step down

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd November 2017 Brad Gordon and Andrew Wray will step down as CEO and CFO of Acacia Mining at the end of this year. Gordon will return to Australia for family reasons, while Wray is pursuing an opportunity elsewhere. 

Ghost town of Cobalt gets first jolt from Tesla’s electric cars

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2017 Ironically, Cobalt, Ontario – population 1,100 – was built on silver. Remnants of a boom that transformed the town more than a century ago are everywhere. A mine headframe still protrudes from the roof of the bookstore, which was previously a grocery. The butcher used to toss unwanted bones down... 

Minera Alamos makes good on project-acquisition maxim with new Mexican option accord

By: Henry Lazenby     27th October 2017 TSX-V-listed explorer and project developer Minera Alamos has entered into an option agreement with fellow Canadian miner Vista Gold, to acquire all of the issued shares of Vista subsidiary Minera Gold Stake, which owns the Guadalupe de Los Reyes gold project, in Mexico. Minera Alamos believes... 

Fluor establishes a Multi-Projects Group® to offer Scalable Project Solutions

     26th October 2017 Fluor South Africa has established a Multi-Projects Group® to assist clients with lean, cost effective engineering, procurement and construction services for small- to medium-sized projects. “This execution approach is instrumental in offering our clients capital cost efficiency, specifically... 

Sierra shuffles Mexican team in bid to improve ops performance

By: Henry Lazenby     24th October 2017 Growth-focused precious metals producer Sierra Metals has revealed a significant shakeup of its corporate team in Mexico, with a view to improve operations at the Bolivar copper and Cusi silver mines, following disappointing third-quarter production results as a result of lower recoveries. The... 

Jubilee expands footprint with Zambia zinc/lead JV

By: Anine Kilian     23rd October 2017 Jubilee Platinum has formed a joint venture (JV) with Aim-listed BMR Group to recover zinc, lead and vanadium at BMR’s Kabwe project, in Zambia.  Under terms of the deal, AltX- and Aim-listed Jubilee will have the right to earn into the Kabwe operations through a three-staged debt funding.... 

Dewatering: A vital part of minerals mining

     23rd October 2017 The process of extracting ore and turning it into valuable commodities inevitably puts equipment under significant wear and tear. While equipment used in the dewatering process may not be expected to withstand the same levels of abrasion as, for example, a cone crusher or a mill discharge pump,... 

Rise in DRC exploration activity expected

     20th October 2017 With the improvements in the copper price, mining interest will soon be returning to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says mining consultancy SRK Consulting country manager Susa Maleba.   “In fact, for explorers wanting to initiate drilling programmes, time is running out,” says Maleba.... 

General uptick in West Africa mining as commodity prices improve

By: Ilan Solomons     20th October 2017 There have been a number of recent positive developments in West Africa’s mining industry, such as in Mali, where two new mines are scheduled to be commissioned by the end of this year. This is according to engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting Ghana country manager John Kwofie,... 

BHP's chairperson holds first annual meeting, plans to review board

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2017 In  Ken MacKenzie’s first annual shareholder meeting at BHP Billiton, he emphasised that while the company will listen to investors, it is the board that makes decisions. For most companies, that’s a pretty unremarkable statement, but it carries extra weight at BHP, which is under pressure by... 

BHP told bending to activists poses risks for debt investors

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2017 BHP Billiton’s new chairman Ken MacKenzie is grappling with a simmering campaign by activist shareholders -- moving too far to appease them could risk unsettling debt investors who own the world’s biggest miner’s $24-billion of bonds. The campaign by funds including billionaire Paul Singer’s... 

Glencore to swap Rusal stake for shares in Russia's En+

By: Reuters     19th October 2017 Glencore will swap its 8.75% stake in Russian aluminium giant Rusal for shares in En+ Group, an aluminium and hydropower group controlled by tycoon Oleg Deripaska, En+ said on Wednesday. En+ Group plans to raise $1.5-billion in an initial public share offering (IPO) in London and Moscow in... 

‘Mine-blowing’ automated door solutions from Maxiflex

     18th October 2017 A range of superior quality, rugged automated door solutions, engineered to meet increased safety, efficiency and productivity on mines, are available from South Africa’s leading door and loading dock specialist, Maxiflex. The local mining industry is facing significant challenges which are... 

Miners beware growing cyber risk

By: Henry Lazenby     17th October 2017 Cyber risk has increased in prominence on professional services firm EY’s annual ‘Top 10 business risks facing mining and metals’ report, jumping to third position from ninth in 2016. According to EY's report, which was published on Tuesday, cyber risk is an ever-growing issue – an outcome of... 

Four mining legends to be inducted in Canada’s Mining Hall of Fame

By: Henry Lazenby     17th October 2017 The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame (CMHF) has revealed that it will induct four mining legends to its ranks early in the new year, the organisation announced on Monday. Ross Beaty, Bob Gannicott, Terry MacGibbon and Ed Thompson will be added to the group of 177 hall of famers during a ceremony to... 

Exploration, junior culture needed to save mining – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     16th October 2017 Unless South Africa starts exploring again and finds new ore deposits, the country will continue to turn out the lights of the mining sector. With poor policy added, disinvestment and lack of interest will ultimately stop South Africa’s mining industry in its tracks, which will deal a colossal... 

Galaxy strikes a deal with Lepidico

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th October 2017 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources has subscribed for A$2.9-million in shares in fellow-listed Lepidico, giving the company a 12% stake in Lepidico. Galaxy subscribed for more than 291.7-million shares in Lepidico, at a price of 1c a share. 

TLT MechCaL Expands Sub Saharan Reach

     9th October 2017 Under the TLT-Turbo umbrella, local ventilation firms, TLT MechCaL and TLT ACTOM have embarked on an ambitious expansion strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa.  This move follows the announcement of TLT MechCaL and TLT ACTOM working in collaboration with their majority shareholder, German based... 

Trelleborg Wear Liners Reduce Downtime, Down Under

     6th October 2017 Trelleborg’s engineered products operation in Australia has assisted in reducing unplanned downtime at the Tropicana Gold Mine, 330 kilometers east-northeast of Kalgoorlie, Australia, by improving the wear life of the High Pressure Grinding Rolls (HPGR) discharge pulping boxes. The high pressure... 

Latest products showcased in real-life working environment

     6th October 2017 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik demonstrated its expertise as a supplier to the aggregates and construction industries at the tenth Steinexpo demonstration exhibition in Germany, exhibiting products for various applications in the raw materials industry. Steinexpo, held from August... 

Capital-saving solutions for crushing and screening

     6th October 2017 Rising commodity prices reinvigorate the potential of new mining projects, but raising enough finance still remains a challenge; however, crushing and screening plants specialist B&E International has a toll model that reduces capital demands on mining entrepreneurs. “This concept appeals to the... 

Mining leaders stress need for good leadership

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th October 2017 Good leadership is critical to South Africa, former AngloGold Ashanti CEO Bobby Godsell said on Thursday. Speaking during a panel discussion on the leadership skills required for the future at the fifth Joburg Indaba conference, he stressed that the “fish rots from the head” and that good... 

Plymouth partners with Chinese lithium carbonate producer

By: Mariaan Webb     5th October 2017 ithium project developer Plymouth Minerals has partnered with Chinese lithium producer Shandong Ruifu to process material from the San Jose project into saleable products and to assist with the technical aspects of the feasibility study for project. Announcing the alliance on Thursday, Plymouth... 

Rip up charter, provide tax incentives, back junior miners – Maimane 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2017 Mining Charter Three should be ripped up, proper tax incentives introduced and junior mining enterprises supported to restore investment in the mining industry, which is a stimulator of the South African economy as a whole, Opposition Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday.... 

Earl Grey could deliver 288 000 t/y of lithium concentrate

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd October 2017 The Earl Grey lithium project, in Western Australia, could be in production as early as the first quarter of 2019, ASX-listed Kidman Resources reported on Tuesday. A scoping study into the project estimated that production could start as early as August next year, with construction to last... 

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