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Surface-mining opportunities lie in market-related commodities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th October 2018 Johannesburg-based mining equipment distributor Vermeer Equipment Suppliers is starting to focus on certain market-related commodities and associated opencast mines to market its Surface Miner surface excavation machines, says mining and pipeline sales segment manager Gareth Cramond. The... 

New lease on life for Leeuwpan

26th October 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources’ Leeuwpan opencast coal mine, in Mpumalanga, was at risk of running out of coal, until last month a new road gave it access to coal reserves. “Leeuwpan needed to develop an area where it could mine another 5.1-million tons a year to extend its life by a further... 

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,... 

Vitol, Trafigura to bid for coal mines once owned by Guptas

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2018 Commodities traders Vitol Group and Trafigura Group have entered the bidding process for South Africa’s Optimum Coal, a miner under bankruptcy protection that was once controlled by the Gupta family. The interest from two of the biggest commodities trading houses underscores the strategic value... 

Dr Con Fauconnier latest inductee in South African Mining Hall of Fame 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2018 Dr Con Fauconnier was inducted into the Joburg Indaba’s South African Mining Hall of Fame, this week.   

Charter a stepping stone towards mining industry recovery, but tech adoption needed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd October 2018 Exxaro Resources CEO and Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) president Mxolisi Mgojo said 2018 was a second watershed moment for South Africa’s mining industry, following the finalisation of Mining Charter 3. The first moment of this magnitude, he noted, was in 2004, when the Minerals and... 

Exxaro, Seriti said to mull bids for South32 coal assets

By: Bloomberg     11th September 2018 Exxaro Resources and Seriti Resources are among groups considering bidding for South32’s South African thermal coal operations, which have been valued at almost $800-million, according to people familiar with the matter. South32’s South Africa Energy Coal unit, the country’s third-biggest... 

Seriti’s Teke awarded Brigadier Stokes Memorial Award

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st August 2018 The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy has awarded coal producer Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke with a Brigadier Stokes Memorial Award for his contribution to the mining industry and his leadership role in society. The platinum medal presented to Teke last week by Seriti’s... 

Grootegeluk boosts Exxaro’s H1 coal output

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th August 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources’ coal production volumes for the six months to June 30 increased by 7%, or 1.5-million tonnes, compared with that of the second half of 2017. The company on Thursday attributed the increase in overall output to higher production volumes at the company’s... 

Exxaro expects to report higher H1 earnings

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources expects to report a 41% to 54% year-on-year increase in attributable earnings per share (AEPS) for the six months ended June 30. The company on Wednesday said its AEPS are likelty  to be between R12.05 and R13.15, compared with the R8.52 reported for the six... 

SMART COAL:

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2018 Black-controlled mining company Exxaro Resources is blazing a high-technology trail with the launch of a “smart” mine, in Mpumalanga. A complete digital replica of the Belfast coal mine will allow it to be managed from any location, anywhere on the planet. Turning the first sods at the start of... 

Exxaro goes digital at new Mpumalanga coal mine

By: Anine Kilian     5th July 2018 Diversified resources company Exxaro Resources on Thursday broke ground on its R3.3-billion “smart” Belfast mine, in Mpumalanga. The mine is the first of its kind in South Africa and will have a digital twin – a complete digital replica of the mine that will allow management and the contracted... 

Multistakeholder initiative launched to address sustainable mine closure challenges

By: Nadine James     5th June 2018 Private and public sector entities officially launched a sustainable mine closure collaborative platform, called the Mine Water Coordinating Body (MWCB), at the Nedbank-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) Business Foundation Networking Forum, hosted in Sandton, on Tuesday. The MWCB... 

Chamber rebrand as Minerals Council South Africa establishes valuable ‘reboot’ opportunity for South Africa’s most important industry

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2018 The introduction of the Minerals Council South Africa provides the struggling South African mining industry with a chance to establish an important new beginning. Proper leadership has the potential to set South Africa on an upward course under the growing realisation that if the country... 

Fraser-Moleketi, Mphatlane to join Exxaro board

By: Anine Kilian     23rd May 2018 Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Mark Moffett and Isaac Mphatlane will join diversified miner Exxaro Resources’ board, following the retirement of directors Len Konar, Con Fauconnier and Saleh Mayet at the miner’s annual general meeting on Thursday. Fraser-Moleketi is a fellow of the Institute of... 

Congo billionaire seeks French loan to develop iron-ore railway

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2018 Paul Obambi, a billionaire investor in the Congo Republic, is in talks with French lenders to fund a railway he’s building to export iron-ore. Obambi’s company Sapro SA is negotiating with “a consortium of banks” to finance the 450-km track that will link the southwestern town of Mayoko to a... 

EIUG, associate organisation appoint board members

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) and its associated organisation, the Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC), on Monday announced their new chairpersons, who were elected at the yearly general meetings of the two bodies.  

Coal miners next to launch lung disease compensation claims

By: Simone Liedtke     4th May 2018 The Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) Justice and Peace Commission and Richard Spoor Attorneys say coal miners are the next in line to seek compensation for occupational lung diseases. "The battle to secure justice for sick miners in South Africa is not over. We are working... 

Exxaro seeks shareholder approval for Tronox stake sale

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources is seeking shareholder approval to monetise its remaining stake in US mineral sands company Tronox.  

Exxaro to fund R100m road upgrade in Limpopo

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources and provincial roads agency Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of agreement for the R100-million upgrade of a road in Lephalale. The project, to be implemented jointly, is for the upgrade from gravel to tar of road D2001, which stretches... 

Burgh picked to keep Gupta coal mines going

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2018 South Africa’s Burgh Group Holdings won a temporary contract to keep mines linked to the Gupta family afloat, according to a business-rescue manager for the assets. Other parties offered financing, but Burgh “came without conditions,” Louis Klopper, a bankruptcy-proceedings manager at Coronado... 

Modular buildings supplier aims to expand its African footprint

By: Melissa Zisengwe     30th March 2018 The remote locations of African mine sites represent a significant business growth opportunity for prefabricated modular buildings supplier Kwikspace, says Kwikspace sales executive Roberto Campos. 

Glencore is said to mull buying back Gupta-linked coal mine

By: Bloomberg     27th March 2018 Glencore is considering a bid for the Optimum coal operations in South Africa, which it sold in 2015 to a company part-owned by the politically connected Gupta family, according to two people familiar with the matter. Optimum supplies fuel to state power utility Eskom Holdings and became a... 

Cause of fire at Exxaro reductants plant in Limpopo being investigated

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources and the Department of Mineral Resources are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out at Exxaro’s Grootegeluk reductants plant, in Lephalale, Limpopo, on Wednesday.  

Mining companies stepping firmly into the new world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2018 Mining companies are taking technology advances seriously. Two have stepped firmly into the world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and another two have set targets and made proposals that reflect to the credit of the industry.  

Resources Watch  

22nd March 2018 This week: Coal, rapid loadout projects under construction; Exxaro declares innovation an imperative; And, South African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

Resources Watch  

15th March 2018 This week: Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum And, Implats harvests loss shafts, mulls more investment in profitable shafts 

Innovation, digitalisation taking center stage  

14th March 2018 It’s interesting times ahead for innovation with mining company Exxaro Resources allocating R900-million to innovation initiatives while JSE-listed ELB Engineering Services believes it can push South Africa into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer has the story. 

Coal, rapid loadout projects under construction - Exxaro 

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2018 Diversified mining company Exxaro Resources, which began a R13-billion coal expansion programme in the second half of last year, has three coal projects and a rapid loadout station under construction, and is at the ready to develop another two coal projects, pending Department of Energy and Eskom... 

Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2018 While retaining coal as its bedrock, Exxaro Resources has begun taking steps that will take the company beyond coal and even beyond mining, Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said on Thursday. But this is all taking place while Exxaro continues to invest heavily in its long-term coal-mining business, which... 

Exxaro operations generate 23% more cash, one fatality

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2018 Cash of R6.8-billion generated by the operations of Exxaro Resources was 23% higher in the 12 months to December 31, when net operating profit increased by 17% to R6.1-billion. Revenue rose 9% to R22.8-billion buoyed by the coal business, which benefitted from higher selling prices and volumes. 

Exxaro expects 30% to 40% increase in FY17 core HEPS

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources expects to report a 30% to 40% increase in core headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended December 31. The core HEPS excludes one-off Items, including costs relating to the implementation of its replacement black economic empowerment transaction, as... 

Exxaro to pay special dividend of R4.5-billion

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources has resolved to pay a special dividend of R4.5-billion out of income reserves following the sale of a portion of its interest in US mineral sands producer Tronox. Exxaro in October 2017 sold about 22.4-million shares in Tronox for R6.5-billion. 

DRA signs coal preparation plant deal with Exxaro

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th January 2018 Global engineering firm DRA has secured a contract with Exxaro Coal Mpumalanga, a subsidiary of JSE-listed Exxaro Resources, to build a 500 t/h coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP), in Belfast, Mpumalanga. The CHPP will comprise primary and secondary sizing stations, an overland conveyor,... 

Exxaro eases BEE scheme replacement concerns

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th November 2017 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources on Monday moved to ease shareholder concerns over its new replacement black economic empowerment (BEE) scheme that will ultimately hold a 30% stake in the JSE-listed firm. Shareholders had queried the ultimate controller of K2016475450 (BEE SPV), the special... 

Exxaro spending R20bn on coal projects

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2017 One of South Africa’s largest and foremost black-empowered mining companies, Exxaro Resources, is implementing a five-year, R20-billion capital expenditure (capex) programme on coal mining projects in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The black-led JSE-listed company has seven coal projects under way, four... 

Shared vision needed for mining to boost entire economy – Mgojo

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2017 A collective national vision, which must be viable, inclusive and transformative, is urgently needed to unleash mining’s latent ability to energise the entire South African economy, Chamber of Mines president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Tuesday. Speaking at a media lunch, Mgojo emphasised the folly of... 

EXXARO INVESTS IN WATERBERG COAL POTENTIAL:

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2017 South African diversified resources company Exxaro Resources will invest 50% of its R20-billion coal capital expenditure programme over the next five years in the Waterberg area. The R10-million investment is a milestone, as it comes at a time when the mining sector is not investing in projects.... 

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