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Court rules in favour of indigenous group in Fortescue mining land case

By: Reuters     21st July 2017 Australia's Federal Court has ruled in favour of an indigenous Aboriginal group's claims over land used by Fortescue Metals Group to mine millions of tonnes of iron ore in Western Australia's Pilbara region. The ruling gives the Yindjibarndi people exclusive native title rights over land... 

Over halfway into the year, steel outshines oil markets

By: Reuters     19th July 2017 Over halfway into 2017, China's steel market has been the best performer among key Asian commodities because of cuts in low-grade steel production capacity that have reduced supply as demand has remained surprisingly strong. However, oil markets have been the worst performer despite a pledge by... 

Dominion is said to seek sweeter deal from Montana billionaire

By: Bloomberg     15th July 2017 Canada’s Dominion Diamond Corp is hoping Montana billionaire Dennis Washington will cough up a little more cash to buy the world’s third-largest producer of rough diamonds by value. However, the company – which has put itself on the block twice in the past two years – says there’s no guarantee a... 

Mining Charter Three unpacked ahead of court hearing

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th July 2017 Ahead of the High Court of South Africa’s hearing, on July 18, to decide on an interdict to halt the implementation of the revised Mining Charter, Deloitte Africa Energy and Resources leader Andrew Lane last week said the mining industry had to take a broader view of the charter, focus and... 

Gigaba tables economy action plan, reopens mining charter engagement 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th July 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Thursday unveiled a series of aggressive planned interventions and action steps to stimulate economic recovery after South Africa’s fall into recession in the first quarter. His address revealed two main desired outcomes – dodge another downgrade and reignite... 

Deloitte unpacks Mining Charter ahead of High Court hearing into Chamber’s application to halt its implementation

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th July 2017 Ahead of the High Court of South Africa’s hearing, on July 18, to decide on an interdict to halt the implementation of the revised Mining Charter, Deloitte Africa Energy and Resources leader Andrew Lane on Wednesday said the mining industry had to take a broader view of the charter, focus and... 

Black junior Wescoal set to soar 

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2017 Stripping out Wescoal’s once-off nonrecurring costs paints a pretty picture of the performance of this black-controlled coal-mining and coal-marketing junior, which has declared a dividend payout of R22-million compared with R10-million last year The once-off costs of R90-million arose from the... 

Much progress in mineworker housing delivery but more needs to be done 

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 Many migrant employees do not want to permanently settle in mining towns, but prefer to maintain their homes in the rural areas and return to them, says the Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa, citing its research and experience in the industry. “Providing permanent urban dwellings, as well as... 

Much progress in mineworker housing delivery but more needs to be done

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 Many migrant employees do not want to permanently move to mining towns, but prefer to maintain and return to their homes in rural areas, says the Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa, citing its research and experience in the industry. “Providing permanent urban dwellings, as well as urban home... 

Mining Charter exposing South African economy to GATT angst  

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2017 The procurement rules of the new Mining Charter may violate South Africa’s obligations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), exposing the country to challenges by other member states of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Herbert Smith Freehills lawyers Peter Leon and Patrick... 

Mining Charter set to worsen stakeholder relations – Bench Marks

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2017 The new Mining Charter is the flawed outcome of inadequate consultation with communities, the board of the Bench Marks Foundation said on Tuesday, when it warned that the document is poised to worsen stakeholder relations. Bench Marks executive director John Capel condemned the new charter as a... 

JV contract secured to desilt acid ponds

     16th June 2017 Industrial pump rental service provider Integrated Pump Rental, in a joint venture (JV) with supplier and service provider of equipment to mining and allied industries EC Mining, has secured a contract to desilt four acid ponds at a copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This... 

Pump tackles acidic liquids containing solids

     16th June 2017 Centurion-based pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps has introduced a high-volume, high-head, medium- and/or high-voltage range of Hippo submersible slurry pumps manufactured from specialised material capable of pumping acidic liquids containing solids at high heads. The company says the success of... 

Stator introduced for reduced energy and maintenance costs

     16th June 2017 Solutions provider for difficult pumping applications Netzsch Pumps North America has introduced the iFD-Stator 2.0, which it says combines efficiency, economy and environmental safety in one system. Featuring a two-part, reusable stator housing and replaceable stator, the iFD-Stator 2.0 is... 

Vortex slurry sump pumps range expanded

     16th June 2017 Centurion-based pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps has expanded its range of Hippo vortex slurry sump pumps that address blockages at coal processing plants. The company points to continuous enquiries from customers for sump pumps capable of handling larger solids as well as pumping at higher... 

‘Solid’ industry employing survival strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th June 2017 Independent process industry consultant Santosh Gunpath is cautiously optimistic about the future of the South African mining pumps industry. “There is no definitive direction for this sector, with companies following a wait-and-see approach while keeping costs to a minimum.” 

Restoring the Balance- Post Mine Closure Rehabilitation.

     15th June 2017 On Wednesday 14th June 2017, Ncamiso Mining Chief Operating Officer, Tshego Motsoenyane spoke on the topic of ‘Restoring the Balance- Post mine Closure Rehabilitation’ at the Sustainability in Mining Seminar as part of Sustainability Week 2017. Sustainability Week hosted by alive2green provides a... 

Platinum drop fires social unrest as villagers turn on mines

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2017 More platinum wealth lies beneath South African soil than anywhere else on Earth, and for decades the companies that extracted the precious metal promised to help improve the lives of the impoverished people who live above their mines. Those communities are getting tired of waiting.... 

Pan African’s Elikhulu tailings project to deliver ‘exceptionally’ low cost organic growth

By: David Oliveira     9th June 2017 Focusing on low-cost, high-value organic growth projects has seen South African precious metals miner Pan African Resources prioritise the R1.7-billion Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant (TRP) project at its Evander gold mine, in Mpumalanga, which is expected to produce 689 000 oz of gold at an... 

Montepuez production suffers owing to lower ore grade

     9th June 2017 The Montepuez ruby deposit in Mozambique, owned by gemstone mining and marketing company Gemfields, produced 1.2-million carats of ruby and corundum in the three months ending March 31, declining compared with the two-million carats produced in the previous year’s quarter. The company notes that... 

Pan African’s Elikhulu tailings project to deliver ‘exceptionally’ low cost organic growth

By: David Oliveira     9th June 2017 Focusing on low-cost, high-value organic growth projects has seen South African precious metals miner Pan African Resources prioritise the R1.7-billion Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant (TRP) project at its Evander gold mine, in Mpumalanga, which is expected to produce 689 000 oz of gold at an... 

Vault building booms as gold lures investors in turbulent world

By: Bloomberg     7th June 2017 From safety-deposit boxes in leafy west London to high-security facilities housing gold and silver in Frankfurt, companies that store valuables are expanding to meet demand. A rush into haven assets that began during the financial crisis is getting a new lease on life from an upsurge in populist... 

Dellner launches new heavy duty SKD disc brakes

     7th June 2017 New modular design to deliver outstanding stopping power at competitive prices  Dellner Brakes AB, one of the world’s most innovative manufacturers of technologically advanced braking systems, has introduced two new heavy-duty disc brakes to its SKD range that, through a new modular design, are... 

Greater demand expected for larger capacity hoists

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Lifting equipment supplier CMCO Material Handling is preparing for increased demand for its Yale ERGO 360 ratchet lever hoist when the full range of the equipment arrives in South Africa this month, meeting the evolving needs of the mining industry. 

Top miner sees 'huge demand' lift from China's new Silk Road

By: Bloomberg     1st June 2017 China’s multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative can deliver a major boost for commodities and will add about 150-million tons to global steel demand, according to BHP Billiton, the world’s largest miner. The plan to develop infrastructure and rebuild ancient trading routes from China to... 

Zambezi Protocol to serve as guide for identity-changing chamber 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2017 The 128-year-old Chamber of Mines of South Africa provided an important indicator of its intended new direction when it revealed that the Zambezi Protocol would be its guiding light as it embarked on its identity and name-change programme. Under unanimously elected new president of Mxolisi Mgojo,... 

NUM to begin wage negotiations with Kumba Iron Ore

By: African News Agency      24th May 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Tuesday, it will this week start wage negotiations with Kumba Iron Ore as the three-year agreement comes to an end on June 30. The NUM said it will table the demands of its members in Kumba Iron Ore operations in the Northern Cape, in Kolomela and... 

Australian resources sector welcomes Budget

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th May 2017 The Australian resources sector has welcomed the federal Budget, particularly a A$28.7-million investment in the east coast gas security, and over A$70-billion to 2021 on transport infrastructure across Australia. Minister for Resources Matt Canavan said on Wednesday that the A$28.7 million east... 

Savannah Resources nears completion of mineral sands scoping study 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th May 2017 Aim-listed exploration and development company Savannah Resources is nearing completion of a scoping study at its Mutamba heavy mineral sands project, in Mozambique. CEO David Archer on Friday told Mining Weekly Online that the company was now “moving things forward at a pace that [our joint... 

David Brown Santasalo Showcases Its Proven Drive Technology And Enhanced North American Capability At Cim 2017

     2nd May 2017 At this year’s CIM 2017 Convention, David Brown Santasalo will display its innovative AMF gearbox designed for critical agitator, mixer and flotation applications in the mining industry. Booth #509 at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal will be home to David Brown Santasalo’s expert team, who are... 

SA Hippo Expands The Vortex Slurry Sump Pump Range

     28th April 2017 One of the biggest challenges at coal processing plants is that the sump pumps can get blocked by large solids and the whole processing plant will then get flooded to such an extent that either the plant has to be shut down or the blocked pumps have to be removed in order to be unblocked or... 

Acting BC premier proposes retaliatory US thermal coal export ban

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2017 The leader of the British Columbia Liberal party Christy Clark has written a letter to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling for a retaliatory ban on US thermal coal shipments through the province’s ports. Clark, who has been the acting premier of the province since the legislative... 

Trump's infrastructure plan a boon for iron-ore, says Australia's Cormann

By: Bloomberg     23rd April 2017 US President Donald Trump’s plan to upgrade the nation’s roads, ports and bridges will drive demand for steel and support iron ore prices, Australia’s Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said. “The US and the Trump administration has put out a very ambitious infrastructure investment program" and... 

Strategic mining alliance to clients’ benefit

     21st April 2017 Mine shaft sinking and mining services company Redpath Mining South Africa has entered into an alliance with multidisciplinary construction group Stefanutti Stocks, joining their complementary capabilities and services to enhance benefits to their clients.  

Wealth gap leaves Ivorians craving share of 'economic miracle'

By: Bloomberg     20th April 2017 Standing knee-deep in muddy water to sift gravel in oppressive heat, a handful of middle-aged miners search for diamonds, clinging to what seems like a dying trade in a region with few job opportunities. “It’s unpredictable,” Pierre Silue, a 46-year-old miner wearing ragged clothes, said as he... 

Utilizing High-Volume; High-Head; Medium/High Voltage Submersible Pumps For Acid Mine De-Watering

     10th April 2017 The harsh mining conditions in Southern Africa require submersible pumps to pump high volume of liquid containing solids at high heads and which have led to the design and development of the world’s first Medium/High Voltage Submersible Slurry Pump capable of pumping high volumes of liquids... 

Nothing off table as Lonmin pursues value in low platinum price environment

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2017 The tough new circumstance confronting platinum mining companies demands business unusual to cope with the low price environment. “Right now, sustainability is more important than anything,” says Lonmin CEO Ben Magara, who has also assumed direct hands-on COO control of all the operations in... 

CEO Magara’s COO role revives memories of New Denmark success

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2017 During his days as COO of the New Denmark Colliery, Lonmin CEO Ben Magara recalls how former Anglo Coal CEO Tony Redman instructed him to do what it took to save New Denmark from closure in the 2000s. He succeeded in putting the mine on a positive new trajectory and by the time he left New... 

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