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South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     17th October 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... 

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 The continuing coal supply shortage at State-owned power utility Eskom Holdings is considered a crisis by industry commentators. Although conceding that it “is not an ideal situation”, Eskom has assured Parliament that it is implementing a recovery plan to prevent any unplanned capacity loss.... 

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 The continuing coal supply shortage at State-owned power utility Eskom Holdings is considered a crisis by industry commentators. Although conceding that it “is not an ideal situation”, Eskom has assured Parliament that it is implementing a recovery plan to prevent any unplanned capacity loss.... 

Transnet tests world’s longest manganese production train

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2018 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has successfully run a 375-wagon manganese train over a distance of 861 km from Sishen to Saldanha Bay. This formed part of the testing of the 4-km-long train, which will, once in operation, be a production train with the highest number of wagons in the world, and the... 

Costs, limited markets hampering progress towards hydrogen economy

By: Schalk Burger     5th October 2018 The use of platinum group metals- (PGMs-) based fuel cells in electricity and mobility applications is expected to provide ample commercial opportunities for South Africa, in line with worldwide trends to decarbonise electricity generation and transport. However, the high cost of these... 

High administrative costs, industry uncertainty holding mining back

By: Nadine James     3rd October 2018 The mining sector is poised for a positive future but is still hindered by a “harsh” environment, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter stated at the Joburg Indaba, on Wednesday. In his keynote address, titled ‘A harsh environment in South Africa or a new dawn’, he noted that one of the... 

Customer-centric businesses leading the pack

28th September 2018 Supply chain solutions provider Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL) believes that customercentricity is much more than just good customer service.   “It’s about creating an experience from the moment we first engage with a client until after our services have been rendered,” says BLP international... 

Industry leaders to tackle concerns at Indaba

By: Paige Müller     28th September 2018 With the economy and Mining Charter front of mind, the 2018 Joburg Indaba – taking place from October 3 to 4 at the Inanda Club, in Johannesburg – will scrutinize the mining industry and the economy, says event organiser Resources 4 Africa. Key speakers will focus on diverse topics, with the... 

Irony of resource-rich Africa remaining poor must be reversed

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2018 There are many world leaders holding thumbs that Africa will move to the next level in the not too distant future. Encouraging African steps just taken include the African Continental Free Trade Agreement between 44 African Union member states, with the goal of creating a single market. But even... 

Local strides to hydrogen economy tempered by cost, industrialisation questions

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2018 The use of platinum group metals-based fuel cells in electricity and mobility applications is expected to provide ample commercial opportunities for South Africa, in line with worldwide trends to decarbonise electricity generation and transport. However, the high cost of these technologies,... 

DRA Global confirmed as preferred EPCM contractor for Colluli

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2018 Danakali has, on behalf of the Colluli Mining Share Company (CMSC), confirmed DRA Global as the preferred engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) provider for the Colluli potash project, in Eritrea. This represents another critical milestone for the project, reinforcing that... 

China’s preference for long-term contracts affecting Indian iron-ore miners

By: Ajoy K Das     25th September 2018 Indian overseas shipment of high-grade iron-ore fines and lumps is facing significant risks as Chinese steel mills are increasingly looking at long term supply agreements. According to three miner-exporters based in the eastern Indian province of Odisha, the largest iron-ore producer in the... 

Minergy lauds Botswana regulatory authorities

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2018 Minergy CEO Andre Bojé is full of praise for Botswana’s regulatory authorities, who he says use legislation to assist mining investment. Minergy, which is listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, has begun work on its maiden 390-million-tonne Masama, located in the Mmamabula coalfield, 50 km north... 

Tharisa to embark on £3.2m exploration programme prior to Salene acquisition decision

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 JSE- and LSE-listed platinum-group metals (PGMs) and chrome producer Tharisa Minerals has restructured its transaction with Leto Settlement Trust for the acquisition of 90% of the Salene Chrome Zimbabwe prospect. Tharisa has been granted a call option to acquire a 90% shareholding in Salene,... 

New Botswana coal mine development under way – Minergy

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2018 Work is under way on the new Masama coal mine, which Botswana Stock Exchange-listed Minergy expects to commission in January, ahead of its primary listing on London’s Alternative Investment Market (Aim) in the first half of next year. The 390-million-tonne Masama, located in the Mmamabula... 

Saldanha port’s iron-ore facility to shut for maintenance from Sept 26

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 Transnet Port Terminal’s (TPT’s) Saldanha iron-ore plant will shut down from September 26, as part of its yearly maintenance plan across mechanical, electrical and structural works. TPT Cape Channel GM Velile Dube states that maintenance is a critical necessity at this stage, since the facility... 

South Africa's iron-ore railway to be shut down for annual maintenance

By: Reuters     12th September 2018 The main railway line along South Africa's iron-ore corridor will be shut down for annual maintenance from September 26 to October 2, State-owned freight logistics firm Transnet said on Wednesday. The railway line that stretches up to 861 km (534 miles) from iron-ore mines at Sishen in the... 

Company expands footprint in manganese mining industry

7th September 2018 Mining equipment specialist Osborn Engineered Services has secured an R8.5-million order to supply a range of its high-quality machines to a new manganese mine in the Northern Cape. Osborn product sales manager Francois Scott says that this order and the region are significant for Osborn. The... 

NUI livens up local market with SA-made tyre fill products

3rd September 2018 Keen to get the jump on the international competition, Gauteng-based National Urethane Industries (NUI) has developed a locally manufactured tyre fill product for industrial and mining tyre use. 

Grindrod reports strong recovery in interim earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2018 Freight and financial services group Grindrod has achieved a strong year-on-year recovery in the six months to June 30, with its earnings a share having increased to 317c, compared with a loss a share of 11.5c in the first half of 2017. Headline earnings a share were 3.8c, compared with a... 

IronRidge defines large gold targets in Chad

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2018 Aim-listed IronRidge Resources has defined at least five large, coherent gold targets at its Dorothe project, in Chat. Drill results received defined targets over 500 m to 1.2 km strike length and 100 m to 200 m widths from trenching; with targets still open along strike. 

Glencore-Merafe venture’s H1 ferrochrome output decreases as production costs rise

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 JSE-listed Merafe Resources’ attributable ferrochrome production from the Glencore-Merafe chrome venture for the six months ended June 30, decreased by 2.3% to 211 000 t, with production for the period equivalent to an installed capacity utilisation of 88%. Total production costs per tonne of... 

Caterpillar raises 2018 profit outlook, beats quarterly estimates

By: Reuters     30th July 2018 Caterpillar on Monday upgraded its full-year profit outlook after earnings in the second quarter nearly doubled, beating market expectations, helped by robust global demand for its equipment. The Deerfield, Illinois-based company reported an adjusted profit of $2.97 a share in the second... 

Nacala corridor transaction reaffirms ‘Africa open for business’

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 Owing to a consortium of three export credit agencies (ECAs), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and a lending consortium of six international and four South African banks, a collaboration on funding for the revamp and extension of the Nacala Logistics Corridor has successfully raised... 

TFR to spend R90m on yearly manganese line shutdown

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is set to spend about R90-million on its yearly, large-scale maintenance shutdown on the manganese rail line from August 2 to 8.  The railway line, which spans across three provinces – the Eastern Cape, the Northern Cape and the Free State – will be undergoing... 

Kumba ‘very bullish’ on exploration prospects 

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2018 Iron-ore mining and marketing company Kumba Iron Ore is bullish about its R664-million exploration programme, that has funded more than 200 000 m of drilling. "We’re very bullish and very excited,” Kumba Iron Ore technical and projects head Glen Mc Gavigan commented to Mining Weekly Online during... 

Transnet signs manganese capacity allocation contract with Assmang

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2018 State-owned Transnet has signed a seven-and-a-half-year Manganese Export Capacity Allocation (MECA2) contract with Assmang as part of its strategy to secure 95% of manganese volumes on rail. The contract, which will see the transportation of export manganese from pit to port, offers Assmang, the... 

Premium prices being paid for Kumba’s quality iron-ore 

By: Martin Creamer     24th July 2018 China’s flight to quality iron-ore is benefiting South Africa’s Kumba Iron Ore, which is receiving strong price premiums for high-grade ore.  Two thirds of Kumba ore is lump ore compared with the third or less of its main competitors. 

Angolan railway company cuts transport costs for quarriers

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th July 2018 The management of the Moçâmedes Railway (Caminho-de-Ferro de Moçâmedes or CFM) in Angola has concluded an agreement with granite and marble producers in its area of operation, to cut its charges for carrying the ornamental rocks (also known as dimension stones or decorative stones) from the... 

Kumba lowers FY sales, production guidance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 JSE-listed Kumba Iron Ore is working closely with State-owned freight utility Transnet to secure the delivery of the contractual capacity and to mitigate derailments that affected the company’s export sales in the second quarter of the year. The company’s export sales increased by only 1% to... 

Platina finds site for Owendale plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th July 2018 ASX-listed Platina Resources has signed a lease for the site of its proposed Owendale scandium processing facility, in New South Wales. The site, a former abattoir, is some 70 km from the mine site and has road system capable of handling the trucks that will be used to transport ore from the... 

Transnet to operate inland manganese terminal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 State-owned freight utility Transnet’s Port Terminals operating division has taken over operations at an inland terminal for the loading and handling of manganese at Lohatlha, in the Northern Cape.  

COAL TO THE WORLD, GROWTH TO THE NATION:

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2018 The private-sector-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal, which opened in 1976 with an original capacity of 12 million tons a year, 42 years later has a design capacity of 91-million tons a year – 10-million tons more than the State-owned Transnet Freight Rail is currently able to deliver. In a... 

Transnet prepares for annual coal line shutdown

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2018 Plans are at an advanced stage for State-owned Transnet Freight Rail to embark on its annual shutdown of the coal export line, which is scheduled to take place from July 2 to 11. “The shutdown is an annual exercise carried out around this time to ensure that the company tackles its maintenance... 

Asia's thermal coal demand poised to grow

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th June 2018 Asia’s thermal coal demand could increase by some 400-million tonnes by 2030, a new report commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) found. Asian thermal coal demand is expected to grown from the 740-million tonnes in 2017, to 1.147-billion tonnes in 2030. 

Danakali CEO resigns; Colluli offtake agreement signed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th June 2018 Potash developer Danakali has reported the resignation of CEO Danny Goeman. Goeman has accepted an offer from a leading Perth-based mining company and is expected to leave Danakali on August 3. He joined Danakali in 2016 as head of marketing, before assuming the role of CEO in 2017.  

Pembridge, Japanese trading house enter into $30m offtake financing arrangement

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2018 LSE-listed Pembridge Resources has signed definitive heads of terms with a global Japanese trading house to receive $30-million in prepayment financing through an offtake financing agreement for 125 000 t of copper concentrate to be produced at the Minto copper/gold/silver mine, in Canada. The... 

TFR’s MMC business unit to conduct national maintenance in June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) Mineral Mining and Chrome (MMC) business unit, which is responsible for yearly planned maintenance where major capital replacement activities are implemented, will hold its financial year shutdown from June 7 to 13.  

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