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Ivanhoe expects new mineral resource estimate for Kakula by year-end

By: Anine Kilian     9th November 2017 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines expects a new mineral resource estimate for the entire Kakula discovery, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, by the end of the year, based on the current, delineated strike extent of least 12 km, the company said in a statement on Thursday. The new evaluation will expand... 

Khato Holdings is making great strides in Botswana and other SADC states 

     9th November 2017 Khato Civils has also established a country office in Botswana, where it has 60-million pula of equipment and has bought a 4 ha site on which to construct its head office in the country. Khato Civils CEO Mongezi Mnyani explains that the building plans are in the last stages of being approved by... 

Diamond company invests in mining communities

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 There is a new language to be learnt and a new mindset to be adopted in South Africa’s opencast mining industry, says diamond mining company De Beers’ Limpopo-based Venetia mine GM Benford Mokoatle. As many underground resources have been depleted in the region, mining companies have been forced... 

EXXARO INVESTS IN WATERBERG COAL POTENTIAL:

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2017 South African diversified resources company Exxaro Resources will invest 50% of its R20-billion coal capital expenditure programme over the next five years in the Waterberg area. The R10-million investment is a milestone, as it comes at a time when the mining sector is not investing in projects.... 

Exxaro, Transnet ink ten-year coal transportation agreement

By: Anine Kilian     3rd October 2017 South African diversified resources company Exxaro Resources has signed a ten-year coal export transportation agreement with State-owned rail utility Transnet, which will increase coal volumes from the Limpopo-based Waterberg region to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), in KwaZulu-Natal,... 

Technological advances aim to improve sustainability

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Owing to the possible presence of hazardous methane gas during coal mining, it is common practice to monitor methane levels at operational mining sections. As such, mining monitoring systems company Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control System was introduced to coal mining fifteen years ago and it... 

Industrial gear gaining traction across Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 The X Series is quickly establishing a footprint in Africa, as it is the preferred industrial gear unit specified by drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive for the mining industry, says the company. SEW-Eurodrive head of projects Rudi Swanepoel notes that the completion of a project for a... 

Diamcor recovers 5.36 ct green diamond

By: Anine Kilian     30th May 2017 Diamond miner Diamcor Mining has recovered a 5.36 ct green gem-quality octahedron rough diamond from its Krone-Endora at Venetia Project, in Limpopo, South Africa. An analysis of the diamond will be performed over the coming weeks to aid the company in determining the best course of action to... 

CoAL’s share price rises as Minister lifts Makhado water licence suspension

By: Anine Kilian     29th May 2017 Triple-listed Coal of Africa Limited’s (CoAL’s) shares on the JSE rose by 8.51% on Monday morning after the company announced that Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane had lifted the suspension of the integrated water use licence (IWUL) for the Limpopo-based Makhado project. The IWUL... 

Krugersdorp plant converts furnaces to produce ferrochrome

     19th May 2017 As a result of the upward trend in ferrochrome prices, Krugersdorp-based processing plant Mogale Alloys – owned and operated by global vertically-integrated producer of speciality alloys Afarak Group’s African subsidiary, Afarak Mogale, has converted two of its four furnaces to facilitate... 

Shaft sinking progresses at Platreef’s Shaft 1

     21st April 2017 The sinking of Shaft 1 at the Platreef platinum-palladium-gold-nickel-copper project in Limpopo, South Africa, has reached a depth of more than 283 m below surface, 697 m away from its target depth. Proceeding at an average rate of about 45 m a month, the shaft, with an internal diameter of 7.25... 

Housing strategy bears fruit

     31st March 2017 Platinum group metals producer Northam Platinum has completed its hostel conversion programme, announcing the achievement in its 2017 half-year results, which were released last month. Northam CE Paul Dunne said the company’s reinvigorated housing strategy is delivering pleasing results. “The... 

Renewables offer mines bottom line boost, stability

     3rd March 2017 juwi Renewable Energies MD Greg Austin says mining companies can achieve a 2% to 3% gross profit benefit as a result of energy cost savings, should they replace diesel or heavy fuel oil (HFO) with solar power in pure self-consumption mode. 

Product reliability, after-sales service boost company contracts

     3rd February 2017 Local pumps supplier KSB Pumps & Valves has continued its strong gains in the mining sector, with several large-scale slurry pump contracts being awarded to the company in the latter half of 2016. The company, based in  Germiston, Gauteng, explains that these include projects in the ferrochrome,... 

Production fast-tracked during Phase 1 of Ivanhoe’s Platreef development

By: Anine Kilian     28th November 2016 The main sinking phase of Africa-focused mining developer Ivanhoe Mines’ Limpopo-based Platreef development is expected to reach 980 m below surface in 2018, the company noted during a project update on Monday. Executive VP of operations Mark Farren added that underground access to the deposit... 

Venetia underground project may deliver first carats ahead of 2022 target

By: Ilan Solomons     26th August 2016 The construction of the R29-billion ($2.1-billion) underground development at the Venetia mine by diamond miner De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) is within budget and developing on schedule, with the potential to see underground opera- tions deliver the first ore before the targeted start of... 

Venetia underground project may deliver first carats ahead of 2022 target

By: Ilan Solomons     26th August 2016 The construction of the R29-billion ($2.1-billion) underground development of Venetia mine by diamond miner De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) is within budget and developing on schedule, with the potential to see underground operations deliver the first ore before the targeted start of... 

Essential maintenance supplied despite budget cuts by mines

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 Rope access service and equipment provider Skyriders is, to a large extent, immune to the current commodities price slump, as inspection and maintenance is an essential part of keeping sites operational, notes marketing manager Mike Zinn. 

Women in mining urged to overcome petty differences to achieve ‘great things’

By: Ilan Solomons     17th June 2016 Women in mining (WIM) must overcome their “petty” differences to ensure that they achieve great things in the local mining industry, states Limpopo-based copper miner Palabora Mining Company human resources development and training manager Sisiwe Mthethwa. She told delegates at training and... 

Screen Specialist Shares Risks And Gains

     2nd June 2016 Suppliers to the mines need to break the traditional way of doing business - selling plant and equipment and then moving on to the next sale. This is according to Joest Kwatani, a Level 3 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment manufacturer of screens for the African mining industry. Kim... 

CoAL, Rio Tinto reach new agreement over disputed deferred payment

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th May 2016 Triple-listed Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) on Wednesday said it had reached an agreement with Rio Tinto Minerals Development and Rio Tinto’s joint venture partner Kwezi Mining over the deferred consideration payable by CoAL subsidiary MbeuYashu. Following the receipt – and subsequent dispute by... 

Turner & Townsend supporting ongoing rehab of asbestos mine sites

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th March 2016 Global programme and construction consultancy Turner & Townsend has completed project work and provided quantity surveying (QS) expertise for the rehabilitation of four old asbestos mine sites, which form part of a significant programme by the South African government to close and rehabilitate... 

Platreef will be the largest PGMs mine in the world, promises Friedland

By: Kim Cloete     10th February 2016 Africa-focused explorer and project developer Ivanhoe Mines is confident that its Limpopo-based Platreef mine, which is expected to produce 12-million tonnes a year, will be the largest platinum group metals (PGMs) mine in the world “by a massive margin”. Addressing conference delegates at the... 

CoAL’s Vele water-use licence renewed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th January 2016 Coal junior Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) has successfully renewed the integrated water-use licence for its Vele Colliery for 20 years. The colliery had initially secured a water-use licence, valid for five years, for the Limpopo-based mine in March 2011. 

Gupta-linked group moves to buy struggling Optimum for R2.15bn 

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2015 Oakbay Investments Group’s Tegeta Exploration and Resources has concluded a conditional R2.15-billion transaction to buy all the assets of Optimum Holdings, which has been in business rescue since August. Oakbay is linked to the Gupta family, with Atul Gupta its chairperson and his nephew Varun... 

Sustainability of major player highlighted at first Diamond Indaba

By: Dylan Slater     11th December 2015 Diamond miner De Beers is undertaking various projects and initiatives together with stakeholders to promote the prospects of the longer term sustainability of the industry. One of the most significant is by stimulating the market for diamonds at a time when it “finds itself in difficult times”,... 

Eskom secures R2.3bn in development finance from French agency 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2015 South African electricity utility Eskom has secured a R2.3-billion (€150-million) long-term loan from French development financier Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to support distribution projects in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo. CEO Brian Molefe said the 25-year facility had... 

Stefanutti Stocks

     20th November 2015 JSE-listed multi-disciplinary construction group Stefanutti Stocks, which was established in 1945, is one of South Africa’s leading construction companies and has the capability to deliver a range of projects, of any scale, to a multitude of clients in diverse markets. This ambitious and... 

Mine orders two additional chillers as it reaches 1 700 m depth

By: Dylan Slater     16th October 2015 Limpopo-based copper miner Palabora Mining Company (PMC) acquired two additional 3 500 kW York CYK compound centrifugal chillers in December 2014 from diversified technology company Johnson Controls Building Efficiency.  

Sylvania mulls sale of Grasvally chrome project

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2015 With its focus maintained on its dump retreatment operations, Aim-listed Sylvania Platinum is considering placing its Grasvally chrome exploration project up for sale during the 2016 financial year. The platinum group metals (PGMs) producer expected to complete exploration at the Limpopo-based... 

Evraz Highveld looks to sell Mapochs mine for $10m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th August 2015 Integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium is seeking to sell its subsidiary Mapochs Mine for $10-million to a buyer that will facilitate the rescue of the Limpopo-based mine. A number of preferred bidders were selected in July and due diligence would be finalised... 

Palabora employees expected back at work on Friday

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th August 2015 Limpopo-based Palabora Copper expected its employees to report for duty on Friday, after the company resolved issues with the communities that brought operations to a standstill a week ago. Ba-Phalaborwa community members embarked on an illegal protest last week, leading to the suspension of the... 

Palabora operations hit by wave of protests 

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th August 2015 Limpopo-based Palabora Copper on Tuesday confirmed that operations at its copper mine, in Phalaborwa, had been halted since Friday night, as Ba-Phalaborwa community members embarked on violence and intimidation sparked by what the company claimed was propaganda. Corporate affairs manager Hulisani... 

Venetia underground expansion on track for 2021 first production

By: Mia Breytenbach     31st July 2015 Construction of the $2-billion underground extension of diamond miner De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) South Africa’s Venetia mine is 18% complete, with the company having spent more than $250-million on the project to date, DBCM CEO Phillip Barton tells Mining Weekly. “We are making good... 

Evraz subsidiary joins parent company in business rescue proceedings

By: Natalie Greve     30th April 2015 Two weeks after itself filing for business rescue, vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium announced on Thursday that subsidiary Mapochs Mine would also enter business rescue proceedings following “historical operational difficulties” that had... 

CoAL to gain momentum in 2015

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2015 With dual-listed Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) expecting the mining right for its Makhado project to be granted during the first half of this year, the company’s year ahead has been bolstered, with the amended and updated environmental authorisation being approved for its Vele colliery, in... 

Waterberg Coal seeking go-ahead for 600 MW power station

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd April 2015 ASX- and JSE-listed Waterberg Coal Company (WCC) has submitted an application to the Department of Energy (DoE) – through its subsidiary Waterberg Energy Company – to establish a coal-fired, independent power producer (IPP) with an initial capacity of 600 MW to support power generation for its... 

Rembu Matodzi

By: Martin Creamer     30th January 2015 Main Activity of the Company: Ferrochrome production Date and Place of Birth: May 25, 1979, Thohoyandou, Limpopo, South Africa Education: Tshidumbi Higher Primary School, Limpopo, 1991; Dimani Agricultural High School, Limpopo, matric, 1996; National Diploma Chemical Engineering, Durban... 

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