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On-The-Air (19/01/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2018 Diamond mining in the diamond city of Kimberley has been given a sparkling new lease of life thanks to smart new technology; The Industrial Development Corporation is calling for smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing to pull South Africa ahead; and The Constitutional Court... 

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... 

New Indian JV for beach sand mining

By: Ajoy K Das     30th November 2017 Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL) and the Industrial Development Corporation of Odisha Limited (IDCOL), the investment arm of the eastern Indian province of Odisha, on Wednesday signed an agreement to float a joint venture (JV) company for beach sand mining project. The 51:49 IREL-IDCOL JV would... 

IDC outlines actions for mining industry to inch closer to success

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th November 2017 While the Toronto Declaration-based standards for the mining industry, adopted by the International Council of Metals and Mining, are broadly accepted as encompassing mines’ social licence to operate, only an “arrogant or stupid person” would argue that all relevant standards have been met, says... 

Bushveld Energy, IDC, Eskom to test first vanadium redox flow battery

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned energy subsidiary Bushveld Energy has deployed its first utility-scale vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) to power utility Eskom for testing. The power utility will, at its research, testing and development centre, in Rosherville, test the VRFB and its... 

Bushveld Energy and Partners Deploy Eskom's First Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

     21st November 2017 Bushveld Minerals Limited , a mineral project development company with a portfolio of vanadium and coal assets in Southern Africa and an investment in tin, is pleased to announce that its 84%-owned energy subsidiary, Bushveld Energy Limited ("Bushveld Energy") has confirmed its first vanadium... 

Exxaro eases BEE scheme replacement concerns

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th November 2017 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources on Monday moved to ease shareholder concerns over its new replacement black economic empowerment (BEE) scheme that will ultimately hold a 30% stake in the JSE-listed firm. Shareholders had queried the ultimate controller of K2016475450 (BEE SPV), the special... 

Alphamin eyes AltX listing, proposes final $50m raising for Bisie construction

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th November 2017 TSX-V-listed Alphamin Resources is working to jump the final funding hurdle for its Bisie tin project, in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, through a secondary inward listing on the AltX of the JSE. The exploration and development company has already raised or secured... 

Matodzi Nesongozwi

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd November 2017 This week Mining Weekly features Matodzi Nesongozwi, CEO of Manngwe Mining, a black-led iron-ore mining company   

CoAL issues share warrants to IDC

By: Anine Kilian     30th October 2017 Triple-listed Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) has issued about 48.18-million unlisted share options or warrants to the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). This is in line with the terms of a loan agreement between the company, its subsidiary Baobab Mining and Exploration and the IDC, which... 

CoAL settles major liabilities, transitions into coal producer in 'extremely positive year'

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Following an “extremely positive and transformational year” in which South Africa-focused Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) achieved significant milestones, such as settling significant liabilities and transitioning into a coal producer with the acquisition of the cash-generative Uitkomst colliery,... 

Groundswell of commitment building up to ensure that mining is allowed to boost the South African economy

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2017 Last week’s Joburg Indaba proved a robust conference. Emanating from it were divergent opinions about the best way to deal with an errant Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) which has caused a myriad of distractions. Had proper DMR leadership been put in place, the South African economy would... 

CoAL seeks greater self-sufficiency after transformational FY17

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Following an “extremely positive and transformational year” in which South Africa-focused Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) achieved significant milestones, such as the settlement of significant liabilities and transitioning into a coal producer with the acquisition of the cash-generative Uitkomst... 

Master Drilling aiming to extend geographical, technological diversification

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd September 2017 Raise-boring and drilling solutions provider Master Drilling continues to extend its service provision capacity and technology reach, with the company focusing on diversifying into new markets and industries and advancing technologically. “Diversification across geographies, commodities,... 

Master Drilling posts resilient interim results, continues technological innovation focus

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th September 2017 Two additional machines and the impact of favourable foreign-exchange movements have contributed to a 12.5% increase in JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling’s revenue to $60.5-million for the six months ended June 30. The group added two raise-bore machines during the period... 

Bushveld Energy, IDC studies indicate favourable vanadium battery, electrolyte demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th August 2017 There is favourable demand for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs), particularly in the utility and offgrid, as well as minigrid markets, with demand to peak in 2025 to 2030. This is according to recently concluded market studies, commissioned by Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ energy subsidiary... 

Stop moratorium now, NUM instructs DMR 

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday that it is deeply concerned by the current consideration by the Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane to put in place a mineral rights moratorium until the finalisation of the Mining Charter Three court challenge by the Chamber of... 

Manganese makes list of key tech metals heading for short supply

By: Martin Creamer     11th July 2017 Nothing can stop the proliferation of iPhones, solar panels and Teslas, except perhaps a shortage of key natural resources, comments the latest Fortune magazine, which puts manganese from South Africa on the list of crucial technology metals needed in the US. Fortune’s world map showing the... 

Greenhouse tightening as govt imposes Paris agreement – Exxaro

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2017 The legislative changes around emission of greenhouse gases is becoming more onerous as the South African government implements the Paris Agreement, diversified black-owned resources group Exxaro said on Monday, when the coal-mining major announced that “good progress” had been made finalising... 

Hazleton Pumps Takes Top Honours At 3rd Annual SEIFSA Awards For Excellence

     12th June 2017 Founder of HAZLETON PUMPS, Thys Wehmeyer, acknowledges receipt of two Awards at the third Annual SEIFSA AWARDS for EXCELLENCE The third annual SEIFSA Awards for Excellence gala ceremony, honouring companies that have excelled during 2016 in the metals and engineering ceremony was held in Sandton... 

Small diamond mines running into trouble, diamond beneficiation being put at risk, hopes rising for platinum Mandela coin

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2017 Four small diamond mines have closed in as many months, Soouth Africa's diamond cuting and polishing industry is being put at risk by a bewildering Ministerial decision and hopes rising for trhe minting of a Mandela coin in platinum. 

Diamond junior sector in urgent need of fixing – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2017 South Africa needs to fix its declining junior mining sector because the country still has amazing mineral deposits that its mining entrepreneurs are best placed to mine, Global Diamond Network director Dr John Bristow told the Junior Indaba on Thursday. Bristow, who has an illustrious record as... 

Zambezi Protocol guiding chamber in search for new identity

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2017 The 128-year-old Chamber of South Africa dropped a bombshell last week when it announced that it will be changing its name and identify and staging a new beginning. It also revealed that in doing so, it will be using the Zambezi Protocol as an important guiding light. 

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,... 

IDC approves R218m loan for development of Free State natural gas project 

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2017 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has approved R218-million in loan finance to support the further development of a natural gas resource in the Free State through the creation of a 107-km pipeline network and associated gas processing facilities. The funding,... 

New cost-slashing platinum technology gaining impressive momentum

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2017 The new cost-slashing, time-saving, capital-unlocking, mine-broadening and cobalt-saving platinum technology, driven by diversified mining company Pallinghurst and South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is gaining impressive international momentum as an initiative... 

Positive prices buoying ferrochrome business – Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2017 Ferrochrome prices for the first half of 2017 are providing ongoing momentum for the ferrochrome business, which is poised to benefit from this year’s stainless steel production growth rate forecast of 3.5%. The demand for ferrochrome is driven overwhelmingly by the production of stainless steel,... 

Platinum's process leap given Parliamentary pep

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2017 A significantly improved platinum group metals (PGMs) processing method has been developed with the assistance of South Africa's State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has informed Parliament. In response to questions posed by Shadow... 

CoAL making progress to re-enter market as coal producer – Brown

By: Anine Kilian     28th April 2017 Triple-listed Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) is making good progress in re-entering the market as a coal producer, CEO David Brown said in a quarterly update to shareholders on Friday. The company earlier this month announced that it would buy Pan African Resources’ Pan African Resources Coal... 

Positive prices buoying ferrochrome business – Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2017 Ferrochrome prices for the first half of 2017 are providing ongoing momentum for the ferrochrome business, which is poised to benefit from this year’s stainless steel production growth rate forecast of 3.5%. The demand for ferrochrome is driven overwhelmingly by the production of stainless steel,... 

Zambia said to near mine company stake sale to Israeli investor

By: Bloomberg     25th April 2017 Zambia, Africa’s second-biggest copper producer, is close to selling a stake in ZCCM Investments Holdings, a State controlled mine holding company, for more than $100-million, according to three people familiar with the matter. Sapir Capital, an Israeli private equity company that’s invested in... 

Scaw expands chain-making capacity with R110m investment in automated plant

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2017 Specialist steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals has invested R110-million to expand and modernise the production of large-diameter chain and masterlink components at its McKinnon Chain factory in Vereeniging, in southern Gauteng. Large-diameter chains are used in various industries for lifting... 

CoAL buys cash generative Uitkomst colliery while Makhado development advances

     5th April 2017 South Africa-focused Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) has entered into a R275-million deal to acquire Pan African Resources Coal Holdings, a subsidiary of JSE-listed Pan African Resources, which holds a 91% interest in the Uitkomst colliery, in KwaZulu-Natal. The group also entered into a loan... 

DiamondCorp to retrench Lace employees

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd April 2017 Dual-listed DiamondCorp will on Monday start retrenching employees at its Lace diamond mine (LDM), near Kroonstad. Discussions between its business rescue practitioners (BRPs) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union have terminated, without a settlement being reached on a... 

MINING SUPPORT

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2017 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is going all out to support technologies that will enable South Africa to beneficiate far more effectively and in an environmentally friendly manner. IDC divisional executive: mining and metals industries Abel Malinga (left) is seen with... 

Strong outlook for recovering ferrochrome industry – Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2017 Ferrochrome and chrome ore prices recovered from rock bottom in the first quarter of last year to levels twice and four times higher in 2017, a year in which a shortage of electricity supply has ceased to be a constraining factor, ferrochrome company Merafe reports. Despite market volatility in... 

IDC to support R&D of low-energy technology 

     23rd March 2017 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation is fiercely supporting technologies that will enable South Africa to beneficiate more effectively and has set its sights on the research and development of low-energy technology. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer speaks to Creamer Media's... 

Strong outlook for recovering ferrochrome industry – Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2017 Ferrochrome and chrome ore prices recovered from rock bottom in the first quarter of last year to levels twice and four times higher respectively in 2017, a year in which a shortage of electricity supply has ceased to be a constraining factor, ferrochrome company Merafe reports. Despite market... 

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