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MPs threaten Transnet board, executives with jail for no show at Parliament

By: African News Agency      23rd January 2018 MPs on Tuesday read board members and executives of South Africa's State-owned freight and logistics company, Transnet, the riot act for failing to show up at a meeting of Parliament's standing committee on public accounts last year. The board members and executives failed to show up at the... 

China to drive another year of rapid developments in aluminium market

By: Anine Kilian     23rd January 2018 Buoyed by events in China, the aluminium market is expected to see rapid growth in 2018, according to global energy, chemicals, renewables, metals and mining research and consulting group Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac). In its latest aluminium report, the company highlighted that China supply reforms,... 

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... 

New indaba seeks to clear logistics, infrastructure challenges

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2018 The Cross-Border Mining Services Africa Indaba, which aims to bring senior-level professionals from mining companies, as well as mining contractors; engineering, procurement and construction management companies; logistics companies; third- and fourth-party logistics providers; and finance and... 

Champion ramps up Bloom Lake activity, first train to roll by March

By: Henry Lazenby     30th December 2017 Activities are ramping up at the Bloom Lake mine, in near Fermont, Quebec, with preparations well under way towards the ultimate goal of sending off the first fully laden train of iron-ore by the end of February, or early March. “The highlights have been coming thick and fast this year,” Champion... 

IHS Materials Price Index buoyant on strong commodity rally

By: Henry Lazenby     15th December 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has gained a strong 1.3% last week, hitting its highest level since late 2014 the company reported on Thursday. Three categories led gains, including ferrous metals, rubber and freight, all of which posted large jumps, according to... 

Moody’s sees stable year ahead for base metals, but also expects some risk factors

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2017 Ratings agency Moody’s believes 2018 will be a year of relative stability for the global base metals industry after some recovery was experienced this year. In a 2018 outlook analysis, released on Wednesday, the agency noted that these improved supply/demand fundamentals would hold on the back of... 

IHS Materials Price Index chalks up fourth weekly gain

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has reported the fourth week of consecutive gains, adding 0.5% last week. IHS Markit economist Cole Hassay said the increase was more broadly based than in recent weeks, with six of the ten subcomponents rising. Freight and ferrous... 

Tanzania-Zambia railway halts copper transportation after strike

By: Reuters     6th December 2017 The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) has suspended all train services, including the transportation of copper following a strike by workers in Africa's second-largest producer of the metal, the company said on Wednesday. The line is an important route for copper exports from Zambia and... 

Galaxy seals lithium offtake contracts with Asian partners

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2017 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources has signed binding offtake agreements for 200 000 t/y of lithium concentrate from its Mt Cattlin operation and said on Wednesday that 100% of the planned output from the mine in Ravensthorpe, Western Australia, had now been sold on a five-year contract term. The... 

Resgen in talks with Noble for support extension

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd November 2017 ASX- and JSE-listed Resource Generation (Resgen) is in discussions with Noble Resources International to extend its support to the coal company until April amid a prolonged funding gap. As Resgen has been working to secure an alternative funding source that is not linked to committed domestic... 

Atalaya encouraged by positive copper expansion study

By: Mariaan Webb     16th November 2017 The expansion of the Proyecto Riotinto copper mine in Andalucía, Spain, is “technically and financially robust”, a study into the feasibility of increasing capacity beyond 9.5-million tonnes a year has found. Dual-listed Atalaya Mining reported on Thursday that it had completed the study, which... 

Aurizon confirms talks to buy Wicet coal terminal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th November 2017 Australian freight rail operator Aurizon on Monday confirmed that it was in preliminary discussions to acquire the Wiggins Island coal export terminal (Wicet), in Queensland. Wicet is currently owned by a consortium of Australian and international resource companies, including Glencore and New... 

IHS Materials Price Index falls for third time in 5 weeks

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit fell by 0.4% last week, its third decline in the past five weeks. While the decline was relatively modest, it was broadly based, with eight of ten sub-indexes falling – the first time since June that a majority of the MPI's... 

Alderon confident in Kami project economics, sans Wabush pits

By: Henry Lazenby     7th November 2017 Maritime Canada-focused project developer Alderon Iron Ore has published details of an updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on the Rose deposit of its flagship Kamistiatusset project, located in the high-grade iron-ore rich Labrador Trough of Western Labrador. The latest PEA is an update... 

Vale’s Moatize coal operation’s Ebitda falls significantly quarter-on-quarter

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2017 The adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of the coal business of major Brazilian mining group Vale came to $46-million during the third quarter of this year (3Q17), the company announced in its report “Vale’s Performance in 3Q17”. To all practical... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex 

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet continues to pare back its investment portfolio in the South African, which is expected to grow by less than 1% in 2017. The group, which operates rail, port and pipelines businesses, expects to invest R229.2-billion over the coming seven years,... 

Transnet Freight Rail anticipates economic uptick, aims to unlock intraregional collaboration 

By: Samantha Herbst     27th October 2017 Despite being at the mercy of economic uncertainty, compounded by sometimes heavily fluctuating commodity prices, State-owned rail transport company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has identified itself as a key economic enabler that aims to boost the South African economy by trying to unlock areas... 

Resgen making progress at Boikarabelo mine, extends CEO’s contract

By: Anine Kilian     26th October 2017 Dual-listed Resource Generation (Resgen) has made demonstrable progress on material contracts and funding for the rail link at its Boikarabelo coal mine in South Africa’s Waterberg region in the three months to September 30. The first credit approval for full funding of the link has been obtained... 

Digital transformation necessary to improve productivity in mining – EY

By: Ilan Solomons     20th October 2017 The current digital disruption that is occurring worldwide and upending industries, has resulted in a digital disconnect – a gap between the potential that digital transformation has and the reality of a track record of unsuccessful implementations – in the mining and metals sector, states... 

On-The-Air (13/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2017 Australia is leading the way in agromining – and now South Africa is being prodded to engage in hot pursuit; This week’s general election in Liberia will have a strong bearing on the country getting its first diamond mine; and South Africa’s R20-billion Swaziland rail link is being prepared for... 

Energy efficient motors used for Mpumalanga chrome conveyor system

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Automation manufacturer SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SEW SA) supplied multiple units of its DRN motors to an Mpumalanga chrome producer in August. The energy efficient motors form part of a trial project for a materials handling solution, says SEW SA Mbombela branch manager Jonathan Mckey. He... 

R20bn Swazi Rail Link being prepared for presentation to investors before year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2017 An expression of interest (EoI) for the R20-billion crossborder Swazi Rail Link infrastructure project between South Africa and Swaziland will be released to potential investors before the end of 2017, South Africa’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and Swaziland Rail confirmed on Thursday. The 150 km... 

Meridian reports record Q3 output, sales; new offtake accord

By: Henry Lazenby     11th October 2017 Manganese miner Meridian Mining has reported new record production and sales at its flagship Espigão project, in Rondônia, Brazil. London, UK-based Meridian achieved production of 18 488 t in the third quarter ended September 30, compared with 13 445 t in the comparable period a year earlier – a... 

Sovereign signs rail MoU in Malawi

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd October 2017 Junior Sovereign Metals has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoU) with an infrastructure consortium led by majors Vale and Mitsui, for rail freight, port access and port handling services for graphite product from the Malingunde project, in Malawi. Sovereign said on Tuesday that the MoU... 

TFR’s Natcor, coal lines achieve records in September

By: Anine Kilian     27th September 2017 Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) Natal Corridor (Natcor) channel, which operates the railway line that stretches from Rietvlei, in Gauteng, to the Durban Harbour, broke its monthly tonnage record in September. The Natcor channel railed 1.31-million tons, smashing its previous best monthly tonnage... 

Rail company unlocking coal export potential

     22nd September 2017 According to South African rail, port and pipeline company Transnet, increasing rail capacity in South Africa is critical for unlocking coal export opportunities, both for neighbouring African countries and for the domestic market. The rail utility discussed its approach to increasing rail... 

TFR sets new monthly record for coal railed to RBCT

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2017 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has set a new record for coal railed to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), with 7.46-million tons transported to the export terminal in August. This compares with the previous record of 6.9-million tons. 

Heavy haul rail industry urged to improve efficiencies

By: Kim Cloete     5th September 2017 The heavy haul industry should work hard to improve the efficiency of rail operations, cut costs of doing business and create internationally competitive supply chains, says Transnet Group CE Siyabonga Gama. He told delegates at the eleventh International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) conference,... 

Bauba swings to FY profit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2017 JSE-listed Bauba Platinum swung to a net profit of R95.53-million in the financial year ended June 30, compared with a loss of R5.23-million in the prior financial year. The company’s only operating mine Moeijelijk resumed mining activities in January amid a significantly improved chrome ore market. 

African market still supplier’s main growth area

By: Nadine James     1st September 2017 Mass accommodation product supplier Ascot Site Solutions affirms that Africa remains its primary market, as it is still its main growth area, with the company particularly focused on the continent’s Copperbelt region, stretching across Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The South... 

NMDC slashes iron-ore production target by one third

By: Ajoy K Das     31st August 2017 India’s largest iron-ore miner, NMDC, has pruned its production target for 2018/19 from 75-million tons to 50-million tons. According to the company’s annual report, the lower production expectation is in response to an anticipated global downturn. 

IHS materials index posts sixth gain in seven weeks

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has recovered about half the losses it suffered between February and June. The latest reading of the MPI, an index measuring the weighted average of weekly spot prices for a basket of globally traded manufacturing inputs comprising... 

Cyclone, Chinese demand boost Mozambique’s Moatize coal mine

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 Bad weather in Australia and improved demand in China were the factors driving the higher metallurgical (or coking) coal prices during the second quarter of this year (2Q17), in comparison to the first quarter (1Q17). So stated Brazilian mining group Vale in its report “Vale’s Performance in 2Q17”.  

Potash majors report slow-but-steady market recovery as robust demand pushes prices, profits higher

By: Henry Lazenby     10th August 2017 Canadian potash majors Potash Corp of Saskatchewan and Agrium Inc have reported higher sales volumes for the crop nutrient for the second quarter ended June 30, pushing potash prices higher, despite a persisting market glut. Calgary, Alberta-based Agrium has reported adjusted net earnings – which... 

Trump is said to be 'really interested' in payments for coal use

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2017 West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said Donald Trump is “really interested” in his plan to prop up Appalachian mining by giving federal money to power plants that burn the region’s coal. Justice, a coal and real estate mogul elected governor last year as a Democrat, announced at a West Virginia... 

Bentley Civil Design Software Powers Denmark’s First High-speed Rail Project

     4th August 2017 Gita Mohshizadeh, CAD Manager, Banedanmark Banedanmark Delivers Buildable, Traceable Design and Achieves 9.3 Percent Lower Tenders Using Bentley’s Comprehensive 3D Modeling Applications 

Digital adoption vital for future mining success – EY

By: Ilan Solomons     28th July 2017 As productivity remains the number one operational risk in the mining sector, future digital transformation in the mining and metals sector will be a critical enabler to addressing the industry’s productivity and margin challenges, states professional services firm EY. EY Africa advisory mining... 

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