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Mt Ridley acquires Philippines epithermal gold project

By: Schalk Burger     13th February 2018 ASX-listed gold miner Mount Ridley Mines has acquired Singapore-based Prometheus, which owns the rights to the high-grade Diwalwal gold project, on the island of Mindanao, in the Philippines. Mount Ridley will issue about 1.59-billion fully paid ordinary shares in exchange for 100% of the issued... 

African Tantalum sends fourth tantalum shipment to customer

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 African Tantalum (Aftan) has sent the fourth shipment of high-purity tantalum from its Namibia Tantalite Investment mine to a North American tantalum consumer and end-user of tantalum ore. Aftan, which is a subsidiary of Aim-listed Kennedy Ventures, on Friday said it has made significant progress... 

NUM calls on workers to report unsafe working conditions

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday called on its structures in the mines to confront management and employers whenever there are health and safety deviations or substandard working conditions. In a statement, the NUM said that workers must exercise their right to refuse to work in... 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

Cameco appoints new chairperson

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Canada's largest uranium producer Cameco has announced that board member Ian Bruce will succeed Neil McMillan as chairperson of the board immediately following the annual general meeting scheduled to be held on May 16. McMillan is retiring from the board after five years as chairperson, and 16... 

Improving Mining Operations with Asset Integrity Management Software

8th February 2018 When it comes to centralized asset integrity management (AIM), few industries have as critical a need for it as the Mining industry. In particular, many Oil Sands Mining companies have benefited dramatically from implementing these innovative and pro-active mechanical integrity solutions to... 

Exxon's silent treatment on earnings is rankling Wall Street

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2018 Wall Street wants answers from Exxon Mobil. For at least a decade, Exxon’s top executives haven’t taken questions from Wall Street analysts during quarterly conference calls. Instead, Exxon only fields its VP for investor relations, a unique practice among the top ten S&P 500 Index companies and... 

Mineworkers union calls for 'infrastructure audit' at South African mines

By: African News Agency      2nd February 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday called for an infrastructure audit to be conducted on all South African mines in a bid to prevent underground accidents. All 952 workers were rescued alive on Friday at Sibanye-Stillwater's Beatrix gold mine in Welkom, in the Free State. They had... 

SA’s oldest gold mine shifts to refrigerated cooling as it reaches greater depths

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 A cool breeze of change has swept over South Africa’s oldest listed gold mine – the Barberton gold mine, in Mpumalanga – where a refrige- rated cooling system has been installed to improve underground conditions as the mine reaches greater depths, where ambient air temperatures become hotter. The... 

Goldman's most bullish on commodities since supercycle ended

By: Bloomberg     2nd February 2018 Goldman Sachs Group is more bullish on commodities than any time since the end of the supercycle in 2008. As economies around the world pick up, factories are humming, eating into stockpiles of raw materials and driving demand at miners and oil producers already facing limits on output. Copper,... 

Institute emphasises empowerment alternative

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd February 2018 Government’s predilection for black economic empowerment (BEE) policies, which will be intensified should the new Mining Charter be implemented, will never achieve proper empowerment and transformation in the mining industry, posits research and policy organisation South African Institute of Race... 

SA’s oldest gold mine shifts to refrigerated cooling as it reaches greater depths 

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 A cool breeze of change has swept over South Africa’s oldest listed gold mine – the Barberton gold mine, in Mpumalanga – where a refrigerated cooling system has been installed to improve underground conditions as the mine reaches deeper depths where ambient air temperatures get hotter.  

Tubular – Professionals of choice for SMEIPP services

2nd February 2018 Structural steelwork, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, platework and piping (SMEIPP) services specialists for the construction industry Tubular offers clients a seamless process from foundation level to commissioning and the final handover of the project. A well respected and privately... 

Union at Colombia's Cerrejon votes to strike, mine seeks deal

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 The largest union at Colombia's top thermal coal mine Cerrejon has voted to strike following failed salary and benefit negotiations with the company, the union said on Monday. Cerrejon accounts for 37% of Colombia's coal output, the world's fifth-largest exporter of the mineral, and a strike is... 

Sykes Pumps Are The Solution For Mine Dewatering In Africa

29th January 2018 Two Sykes XH150 trailer mounted pumps will soon be doing dewatering duty at a mine in Africa, supplied by southern African distributors Integrated Pump Rental based in Jet Park, Gauteng. This range of diesel powered units is ideal for dewatering an open pit, offering characteristics that include... 

Union, Colombia's Cerrejon mine return to talks in bid to avoid strike

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 Colombia's top thermal coal mine Cerrejon and its largest union have returned to talks in a bid to avoid a strike over pay and benefits, the two sides said on Friday. A ten-day voting period for union members to decide whether to stop work after failed talks ends on Monday afternoon. A strike... 

Tailings retreatment company to emphasise value of its plants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 Although tailings retreatment has been practised for 16 years in South Africa, it is still relatively new; it is not mines’ core business and, therefore, they require convincing with regard to the profitability of installing a plant at the back-end of their operations, says platinum group metals... 

Stakeholders can look forward to reinforced offering

26th January 2018 With countless networking opportunities vying for the attention of the numerous decision-makers flocking to Cape Town in February to attend the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba, the event’s organiser has reinforced its offering with the introduction of a Junior Mining Showcase as well as... 

Achieve sustainability through long-term budgets, risk assessments on health

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 For operational sustainability in the mining industry, mining decisionmakers need to take a proactive approach to protect and promote worker health, supporting productivity and to reduce legal liabilities associated with occupational disease. All of these could have significant direct and... 

Blasting company returns to Mining Indaba

26th January 2018 Blasting products and solutions provider Maxam Terra Solutions will return to the Investing in African Mining Indaba, where it will exhibit its range of explosives products at the International Cape Town Convention Centre from February 5 to 8. Maxam, originally founded in 1872, as one of... 

Liviero Mining buys mobile lighting system fleet to light up opencast operations

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th January 2018 In addition to marketing its specialist range of crushing and screening products, crushing and screening specialist Pilot Crushtec International has made significant strides in the marketing of its Generac range of Tower Light mobile lighting systems, which has resulted in major mining contractor... 

ArcelorMittal to spend C$70m to upgrade Quebec-based Contrecoeur mill

By: Henry Lazenby     24th January 2018 Multinational steel producer ArcelorMittal will spend C$70-million to 2020 to upgrade its Contrecoeur steel mill, in Quebec. The upgrade plans include expanding rolling capacity by 100 000 t/y by replacing two reheating furnaces at its Contrecoeur-East wire rod mill for about C$30-million, and... 

Providing reliable and durable wireless connectivity in the mining sector

23rd January 2018 There is increasing pressure on the mining industry to maintain or even improve productivity in the face of tough economic conditions. Added to this a regulatory need for enhanced safety of personnel and the desire for improved operational efficiency. These factors are the impetus behind the use... 

Improving Mining’s ‘fitness’ with connected devices, Artificial Intelligence and Edge Computing

22nd January 2018 By Louise Steenkamp, Director of Energy & Natural Resources, South Africa, Wipro Limited Using the analogy of personal fitness tracking tools, we can better visualise the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI), IoT and Edge Computing in the Mining sector 

Fura closes in on Colombian emerald mine buy; to create single-stop Dubai-based gemstone shop

By: Henry Lazenby     13th January 2018 Canadian gemstone-focused miner Fura Gems is setting up a single-stop destination in Dubai, where rubies and emeralds produced from its Mozambique and Colombian assets will be graded and sold at the Almas Tower. “The Almas Tower is arguably one of the most secure spaces in the world, from where... 

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2018 South Africa needs to aim towards smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing. “It’s about taking all the major sectors of the economy forward, with each feeding on the other,” says Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) research and information head Jorge Maia of the roles... 

Port Elizabeth manganese export terminal to be transferred to Port of Ngqura

By: Anine Kilian     12th January 2018 State-owned Transnet has confirmed that its manganese export facility at the Port of Port Elizabeth will be transferred to the neighbouring Port of Ngqura by October 2023, where the commodity will continue to serve as an important catalyst for economic growth and development. During a site visit... 

Sinopec commits to R6bn upgrade of Chevron South Africa refinery as buyout deal gathers pace

11th January 2018 Chinese oil company China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) has undertaken to invest R6-billion to upgrade and modernise Chevron South Africa’s (CSA’s) Cape Town-based oil refinery, if it succeeds in its bid to acquire control of CSA. 

Dell to recycle gold from e-waste for use in new motherboards, jewellery

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2018 Technology company Dell is piloting a project to recover gold from used electronics for use in new computer motherboards and jewellery. Dell has partnered with Wistron GreenTech, which uses an environmentally responsible extraction process to break the used electronics down into individual... 

Centamin appoints two board members, COO, as chairperson signals retirement

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2018 LSE- and TSX-listed Centamin has made several changes to its board and senior management as it transitions “into the next phase” of growth. This comes as executive chairperson Josef El-Raghy notified the company of his intention to retire by the end of this year. 

CMTI Group gears up to supply gold, platinum mines

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th January 2018 Mining equipment and machinery supplier CMTI Group, which started operations at its Gauteng-based factory last year, aims to raise $20-million before the close of the first quarter of this year to increase its production capacity. Initial indications and expressions of interest from potential... 

Adani Australia port must refinance soon or face rating cut

By: Bloomberg     9th January 2018 An Australian deep water port linked to one of the world’s biggest planned coal mines should lock in refinancing within six months of a loan maturing in November to safeguard credit ratings on its debt, according to S&P Global Ratings. Adani Abbot Point Terminal in Australia’s Queensland state,... 

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Improving the quality of life of the South African people, especially the poor and the working class, remains a key priority of government, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. “Significant strides” were made in 2017 in fighting poverty, inequality, and unemployment, he said in his new year’s... 

Philippines miners adopt Canadian mining sustainability principles

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2017 The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) has announced that it will adopt a mining sustainability standard developed by the Mining Association of Canada, called the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. The announcement made the Philippines the first Southeast Asian nation to adopt... 

BC govt refuses KGHM’s Ajax environmental permit

By: Henry Lazenby     15th December 2017 The British Columbia provincial government on Thursday refused to issue Polish base metals miner KGHM Polska Miedź’s Ajax copper/gold mine a provincial environmental certificate, saying the adverse effects of the project outweigh the potential benefits. The news is a blow to the nearby City of... 

Company fills gap in market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Platinum group metal (PGM) tailings reprocessing company Tailing Technology (Tailtech) is investigating the potential development of a tailings plant to add value to an existing operation owned by platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).  

Small- and medium-scale operations punted as ‘the future’ of mining

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 With industrial mining on the decline, smaller- to medium-scale mining operations are the future, according to Bench Marks Foundation South Africa lead researcher David van Wyk. Addressing delegates at the Science Business Society Dialogue Conference on Linking Science, Society, Business and... 

Biggest Australian business lender to stop new coal mine funding

By: Bloomberg     14th December 2017 National Australia Bank (NAB) pledged to stop funding new thermal coal mine developments and boost lending to renewable energy projects as part of global efforts to tackle climate change. “While we will continue to support our existing customers across the mining and energy sectors, including... 

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