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Brazil pension fund Funcef still considering sale of Vale stake

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 Brazilian pension fund Funcef is still considering whether to sell its stake in mining company Vale SA but sees no immediate urgency to do so, its director Paulo Werneck said on Tuesday, as funds try to avoid putting pressure on Vale shares. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a... 

Botswana coal miner sees opportunity in regional shortages

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Botswana’s sole operating coal mine will increase output almost threefold within seven years as it eyes export opportunities created by a shortage of the fuel that’s used to fire most of southern Africa’s power plants. Morupule Coal Mine in the east of the country will ramp up annual production... 

Eskom to approach courts to have Nersa’s 5.23% tariff decision set aside 

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2018 State-owned electricity utility Eskom will, in the coming days, approach the courts to have the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) tariff determination for 2018/19 set aside, chairperson Jabu Mabuza confirmed on Thursday. The action would represent Eskom’s first-ever legal... 

On-The-Air (01/06/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2018 Former Energy Director-General Nelisiwe Magubane this week called for clean coal technology to be introduced to stave off litigation; Vigorous new investment in junior mining is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year and The positive role platinum can play to clean the world’s air... 

Copper supply shock hits India as top plant ordered to close

By: Bloomberg     29th May 2018 India faces a copper supply shock after a state government ordered billionaire Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta to shut down a plant permanently following deadly protests in a move that will slash nationwide output and stoke demand for imports. The company’s shares fell. The Tamil Nadu government directed... 

Indian state leader says will take all steps to shut down Vedanta's copper smelter

By: Reuters     28th May 2018 India's Tamil Nadu state deputy head said on Monday his government would take all steps to permanently shut a copper smelter run by London-listed Vedanta Resources after deadly protests demanding its closure on environmental grounds. Residents and environmental activists say emissions from the... 

Australian gold miners to benefit from new technology

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th May 2018 Australian gold miners are set to benefit from new technology being deployed by mining services company Ausdrill, in Western Australia. Ausdrill, through its subsidiary MinAnalytical, has installed a Chrysos photon assay machine at its facility, which will reduce the time to analyse a drilling... 

Optic fibre system ideal for essential fire prevention

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2018 Owing to the dangers and issues posed by fires in the mining industry, it is imperative that fire-detection systems be implemented and properly maintained, and fire-detection and -suppression provider ASP Fire offers a customised optic fibre system that is ideal for detection, ASP Fire CEO... 

Rising resource nationalism seen as 'fire burning' for miners

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2018 A rising tide of resource nationalism is causing miners to rethink where they invest and creating volatility for a sector already buffeted by brewing trade wars. “A significant industry issue is resource nationalism,” Rio Tinto Group CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques told investors at a conference in... 

No casualties in fire at Russia's Raspadskaya coal mine, Evraz says

By: Reuters     11th May 2018 No miners were hurt in a fire that broke out on Thursday at Russia's Raspadskaya coal mine, steelmaker Evraz said. Evraz, which controls Raspadskaya, said all miners had been evacuated and that the blaze is thought to have started in the mine's technical equipment. 

On-The-Air (27/04/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The imminent opening in Johannesburg of the exciting new Mandela Mining Precinct is a major boost for badly needed research and development. This month’s rapid-fire announcements of the widespread new use of fuel cells globally is great news for South Africa’s struggling platinum mining... 

Embattled EPA chief's calendar shows industry had his ear

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt held 25-times more meetings with industry representatives than environmental advocates during his first seven months in office, according to a Reuters analysis of his schedule, reflecting the agency's pro-business approach under his... 

Five arrested for murder of miners who were burnt beyond recognition

By: News24Wire      4th April 2018 Five men have been arrested for the violent murders of six Modikwa Platinum Mine workers outside Driekop, in Limpopo. Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said two of the men had been arrested on Tuesday evening, and three more on Wednesday. "The high-level investigation... 

Coal India lines up logistics investment to reduce transportation dependency

By: Ajoy K Das     4th April 2018 Starting the new financial year with a shift in focus from coal production to distribution and supplies, State-owned miner Coal India Limited (CIL) will invest $3.08-billion over the next five years to achieve full self-sufficiency in transportation of the dry fuel. Coal Minister Piyush Goyal... 

Indian sand mining framework suggest ‘manufactured sand’ and imports to bridge supply gap

By: Ajoy K Das     29th March 2018 Indian demand for sand, categorised as a ‘minor mineral’, has been estimated at about 700-million tons a year and is growing by 6% to 7% a year, according to a Sand Mining Framework document of the Mines Ministry. The document; however, does not give any estimation of supplies, but acknowledges a... 

Mercury Rising: Gold mining takes a toxic toll on Kenyan women

By: Reuters     28th March 2018 Scorching sun beats down on half a dozen women as they carry large sacks of crushed ore on their backs at the Osiri-Matanda gold mine near Kenya's border with Tanzania. On wooden tables, they sieve the powdered ore into metal pans, add mercury, and heat the mixture over a charcoal fire. The air... 

Save the date: A-OSH EXPO 2018 now in its eighth year as Africa’s premier OHS exhibition

26th March 2018 A-OSH EXPO, Africa’s leading occupational health and safety (OHS) trade exhibition, is returning to the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand once again from 22 to 24 May 2018. Now in its eighth year, A-OSH EXPO has shown steady growth in industry support year-on-year, helping to match up the... 

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.  

Driving fan and pump control in a range of niche sectors from HVAC to wine farms and mining

23rd March 2018 From wine farms to the mining industry, the new LTP-B Eco drive from SEW-EURODRIVE is finding application in a range of sectors. The purpose-built drive is distinguished by the fact that different parameters can be set for a range of functions, from fan to pump control. While SEW-EURODRIVE does... 

African Rainbow Minerals ups earnings, declares dividend

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 Diversified black-led mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Friday announced a 15% increase in headline earnings for the six months to December 31 to R1 945 million. This increase was mainly as a result of improved headline earnings from the manganese division, ARM Coal, Modikwa... 

Relaxed export, production quotas an 'inflection point' for Chile's lithium industry

By: Henry Lazenby     16th March 2018 In the days following conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera being sworn in as president of Chile for a second term on Sunday, the new government is signalling a more relaxed approach to the hot-button issue of lithium production and exports. This week's announcement that the Chilean Nuclear... 

Zone valves provide effective fire protection, reduce system cost

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Fire-protection equipment supplier Fire & Security Techniques (FST) has introduced its Fire-Eater ZSV-25 local zone valve (ZSV-25) to the local market for use in systems where multiple zones in mines are protected by one fire-extinguishing cylinder bank.  

Integrated Air Solutions showcases specialist compressor engineering at Bauma 2018

1st March 2018 Integrated Air Solutions will showcase its comprehensive range of world-class compressed air solutions for customers in the construction, mining and drilling sectors in South and Sub-Saharan Africa at Bauma 2018 (stand ES 213). Integrated Air Solutions boasts decades of experience with the ELGi... 

Gold struggling to compete with battery metals

By: Bloomberg     28th February 2018 Gold producers are doing everything they’re supposed to be doing -- squeezing more profit out of mines, penny-pinching on projects and resisting the kind of big deals that got them into trouble when prices fell. While that’s satisfying their large institutional shareholders, it’s not enough to... 

Miners report some infrastructure damage after Papua quake

By: Reuters     27th February 2018 Miners in northwest Papua New Guinea reported some damage to infrastructure following a powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake on the weekend, as projects in the resource-rich region assess the impact on their operations. Barrick Gold said a power station that supplies its Porgera gold mine had been... 

Major quake cuts communications, halts oil and gas operations in Papua New Guinea

By: Reuters     26th February 2018 At least one company began evacuating non-essential personnel after a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea's energy-rich interior on Monday, causing landslides, damaging buildings and closing oil and gas operations. The tremor hit in the rugged, heavily forested Southern... 

Champion Iron Ore sends off first loaded train

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2018 TSX- and ASX-listed miner Champion Iron Ore has dispatched its first loaded train of iron-ore from subsidiary Quebec Iron Ore's (QIO's) flagship Bloom Lake mine, near Fermont. The train load comprised 16 500 t of high-grade 66% iron concentrate and is destined for the Sept-Îles port, from where... 

Public Protector finds Brown 'inadvertently' misled Parliament about Eskom-Trillian  

By: News24Wire      23rd February 2018 The Public Protector has found that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown misled the National Assembly when she denied there were engagements between power utility Eskom and the Gupta-linked company Trillian Capital Partners. This is according to a report issued by the Public Protector Busisiwe... 

Families of slain Marikana miners call on Ramaphosa to turn his promises into action 

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2018 Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s promise of atonement for the Marikana massacre, 36 families of the striking miners who were killed have said that reparations should include a formal apology from the police minister and criminal charges against the police officers involved. During... 

Extreme Cleaning Pays Off

22nd February 2018 In a major breakthrough in mine site cleaning, Australian Pump has announced an expansion in their Aussie Mine Spec Extreme series. The range of continuous duty hydro-blasters now includes the big Aussie 4,300 psi Python with a huge 31 lpm that delivers real cleaning whack. The combination of... 

Three months to first gold at Dalgaranga project

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2018 Construction of the Dalgaranga gold project, in Western Australia, is on budget and ahead of schedule with first gold expected in May, ASX-listed gold exploration and development company Gascoyne Resources reported on Thursday. Construction of the 2.5-million-ton-a-year Dalgaranga processing... 

Leeway proposed for exploration projects in existing oil and gas fields

By: Ajoy K Das     31st January 2018 The Indian government is likely to permit existing oil and gas field operators to undertake new exploration projects within their existing licensing area even as it goes ahead to woo new investors through auction of 55 discovered oil and gas fields. In a leeway to be offered by the Directorate of... 

Water lab services in demand

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 Isando-based analytical laboratory Set Point Laboratories – a subsidiary of industrial group Torre Industries – has seen an increased number of enquiries and work for its water laboratory division over the past 12 months, says Set Point senior analyst Moses Lelaka. The increased demand for the... 

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... 

Opencast mining tyre safety increased with use of up to 98% pure nitrogen

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 On-site nitrogen generator supplier NitraLife has supplied numerous opencast mines across Southern Africa with nitrogen generators, and has noticed increased nitrogen use to inflate large off-the-road (OTR) tyres of mining vehicles. The company has established its client base in the region over... 

BHP maintains guidance for most commodities, targets 6% volume growth

By: Dylan Slater     18th January 2018 Multinational miner BHP on Thursday kept its full-year production guidance unchanged for all commodities, except metallurgical coal, and said that it would achieve 6% volume growth in the 2018 financial year.  

Canadian miners welcome new federal business ethics ombudsman

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2018 Canada’s Liberal government has introduced a new federally mandated Ombudsman for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) to investigate human rights complaints about the overseas operations of Canadian companies. The watchdog will investigate complaints and, if warranted, will make recommendations to... 

Protestor killed during community uprising at RBPlat’s North shaft

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2018 Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on Thursday said a person was killed after a group of more than 100 protestors – including former employees and unknown persons – attempted to gain unlawful access to the shaft premises at its North Shaft, near Rustenburg, on Wednesday evening. The premises were... 

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