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Motsepe rejects Eskom conspiracy claims as ‘ridiculous’, but admits to ‘serious’ perception problem 

By: Terence Creamer     18th February 2019 Black business luminary Patrice Motsepe has labelled as “ridiculous” a recurring allegation that African Rainbow Energy & Power (AREP) is part of an unscrupulous plan to collapse Eskom and supplant the State-owned power utility with independent power producers (IPPs), in which the business would... 

China won't come to the rescue in global iron-ore supply crisis

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2019 China’s strict environmental regime means domestic iron ore mines won’t boost output to meet any supply shortfall after Vale’s dam disaster, according to the head of a major Chinese mining group. The global iron-ore market is in the grip of a supply shock after the deadly dam burst last month in... 

Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 Amid slow progress in realising South Africa’s mineral beneficiation strategy – as set out in the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) 2011 policy document – mining industry participants, analysts and experts are re-evaluating the feasibility of mineral beneficiation as a growth trajectory path.... 

Economic climate poses threat to effective project management

By: Thabi Madiba     15th February 2019 Although there is much room for growth and the implementation of effective project management tools in mines across Africa, the current global economic climate has led companies to refrain from investing in project management software, says mining software solutions provider CCS Mining &... 

Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 Amid slow progress in realising South Africa’s mineral beneficiation strategy – as set out in the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) 2011 policy document – mining industry participants, analysts and experts are re-evaluating the feasibility of mineral beneficiation as a growth trajectory path.... 

Local manufacturers to benefit from Mining Charter 3's implementation 

By: Nadine James     14th February 2019 Mining Charter 3 and its Implementation Guidelines have created an environment where it is possible for local manufacturers to leverage procurement capacity to drive transformation, Department of Mineral Resources representative Xolile Mbonambi said at a breakfast held at the Industrial... 

Federal govt flags funding for critical minerals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th February 2019 The resources sector has welcomed the federal government’s decision to prioritise Cooperative Research Center Project (CRC-P) grants for critical minerals such as lithium, cobalt and titanium. Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews said on Wednesday that for the first time,... 

Kim Schoepflin

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2019 This week Mining Weekly features Kim Schoepflin, the CEO of Kwatani, an original equipment manufacturer of custom vibrating equipment for the mining industry  

DRC’s new President an ‘unknown factor’ as far as mining is concerned

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2019 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), lying pretty much in the centre of Africa, is geographically the 11th biggest country in the world and is well-known for its mineral riches. In its most recent (2014) report “The Mineral Industry of Congo (Kinshasa)”, the US Geological Survey (USGS) noted... 

Platinum-group metals need wider range of uses to ensure ongoing demand in wake of auto disruption

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2019 Every day we read about electric vehicles taking over from conventional petrol and diesel vehicles. Even though the accuracy of many of these reports is challenged by those doing convincing calculations, at the end of the day, the automotive market is going to be disrupted in one way or another,... 

Solar Mining Services helps to boost the Mpumalanga economy 

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Solar Mining Services, a manufacturer and supplier of explosives, accessories and blasting services for the mining industry, has made strides in growing its business in South Africa. It has created more than 100 jobs and invested R500-million in South Africa since setting up in the country in... 

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2019 A new graphite facility, Graphite Freezeline Solutions, was opened last month on industrial engineering firm Thos Begbie’s manufacturing campus, in Middelburg. It will reduce the time to manufacture products that include graphite components, especially for the mining and foundry industry, says... 

Queensland unlocks new land for resource exploration

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st February 2019 The Queensland government on Friday announced tenders for coal exploration in the Bowen and Surat basins, and for minerals exploration in the North West province. “Unlocking land for resource exploration - whether it is to uncover coal, gas or minerals - is vital to continuing resource... 

Logistics a weak link in South Africa’s coal value chain

By: Tracy Hancock     1st February 2019 There needs to be greater impetus on improving the infrastructure that transports coal for domestic use and for export in South Africa. One way of doing so is by dealing with the overuse of road transport and coordinating the logistics of junior miners, which contribute to inefficient coal... 

SA Hippo in demand for US coal mines

1st February 2019 The HIPPO flameproof, medium/high voltage, submersible slurry pump manufactured by heavy-duty slurry pump manufacturer Hazelton Pumps is regarded as the world leader when pumping acidic liquids containing solids at high heads and high volumes and has been exported to the major mining countries.... 

Logistics a weak link in South Africa’s coal value chain

By: Tracy Hancock     1st February 2019 There needs to be greater impetus on improving the infrastructure that transports coal for domestic use and for export in South Africa. One way of doing so is by dealing with the overuse of road transport and coordinating the logistics of junior miners, which contribute to inefficient coal... 

Invest in clean technology to counter the siege on the coal industry, Mantashe implores 

By: Kim Cloete     31st January 2019 The coal industry needs to counter the negative attitude towards the industry by investing in clean coal technology and funding research initiatives to find alternative markets for coal, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe. He told delegates at the opening of the fourteenth annual... 

PGM-using patents abound – CPM  

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2019 Viable patents that involve the use of platinum group metals (PGMs) should be commercialised so that PGMs become less dependent on the automotive market, says CPM Group MD and founder Jeffrey Christian. CPM’s current projections, which are similar to those in the automotive and electricity supply... 

Mining and Quarrying Equipment Specialist Osborn is 100

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st January 2019 South African mining and quarrying equipment specialist Osborn is celebrating its 100th anniversary. “In a sector with many challenges - from declining global commodity prices and constant productivity pressures, to inferior, low-cost equipment flooding the market - not many suppliers remain in... 

South Africa's largest labour union plans nationwide strike over mass layoffs  

By: Reuters     30th January 2019 South Africa's largest labour union group, with more than a million and a half members, said on Wednesday it would stage a nationwide strike on Feb. 13 over large-scale layoffs at ailing state-owned firms and at private companies. The decision by the Congress of South African Trade Unions... 

New from Weidmuller: an end-to-end energy condition monitoring solution

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2019 Weidmuller introduces a new portfolio of selected energy monitoring components for energy consumption measurement, monitoring and integrated quality analysis of electrical supply networks. Designed for production facilities both large and small, Weidmuller’s modular and scalable solution provides... 

Euro Manganese tables PEA for Czech tailings project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2019 Dual-listed Euro Manganese has announced the results of the preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of its Chvaletice manganese project, in Czech Republic, which shows the tailings project can operate for a quarter of a century, producing 1.19-million tonnes of high-purity electrolytic manganese... 

Gordhan says Eskom restructuring decision imminent  

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2019 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Tuesday that Eskom’s financial and operational problems were unlikely to be solved without structural changes being made at the State-owned electiricity utility. Speaking as part of a panel discussion at Business Unity South Africa’s inaugural... 

Palladium theft rampant – FT 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2019 Palladium, used in catalytic converters that reduce harmful petrol vehicle emissions, is catalysing a crime wave in the UK, says the Financial Times (FT) of London. “Thieves are stealing catalytic converters – often in broad daylight – and selling the devices to illegal scrap dealers for cash,”... 

In the new lithium 'great game', Germany edges out China in Bolivia

By: Reuters     28th January 2019 When Germany signed a deal last month to help Bolivia exploit its huge lithium reserves, it hailed the venture as a deepening of economic ties with the South American country. But it also gives Germany entry into the new "Great Game", in which big powers like China are jostling across the globe... 

Boost for international miners as India's thermal coal imports jump

By: Reuters     28th January 2019 India's 2018 thermal coal imports rose at the fastest pace in four years, according to two industry sources, despite moves by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to cut imports in a bid to reduce its trade deficit. Coal is among the top five commodities imported by India, one of the... 

Indian State-run JV to scout for overseas assets

By: Ajoy K Das     28th January 2019 The Indian government has formally approved a joint venture (JV) of State-run mineral companies exclusively dedicated to acquiring strategic mineral assets overseas. Christened Khanij Bidesh India Limited (Kabil), the JV partners to pick up equity will include, National Aluminium Company Limited... 

Vibrating-equipment manufacturer to expand internationally

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2019 As part of a new strategic growth thrust spearheaded by highly experienced mining luminary John Wallington, accomplished South African manufacturer of high-quality customised vibrating equipment – Kwatani – is looking to expand significantly further into Africa and internationally, increase its... 

Intra-Africa trade lags

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 With the 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba – the world’s largest mining investment conference, dedicated to the capitalisation and development of mining throughout Africa – set to take place in February, insurance corporation Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC)... 

Company rebranding to be showcased

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 JSE-listed infrastructure group Aveng has begun to consolidate its opencut contracting entity Aveng Moolmans and its shaft sinking and underground business Aveng Shafts & Underground into a unified brand, which will be known as Moolmans. Aveng Mining operating group MD Stuart White tells Mining... 

Company expansion and rebranding

25th January 2019 Global provider of temporary power services Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power has recently announced a major rebranding. The company will from now be known as Altaaqa Global Energy Services. Altaaqa Global Energy Services CEO James Shepherd tells Mining Weekly that, “the global energy... 

MAXAM to demonstrate blasting technology

25th January 2019 Global technology company MAXAM – specialising in the design, development, manufacture and application of energetic materials – will exhibit its blasting solutions product range for mining, quarries and infrastructure works, at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba. MAXAM has an... 

Metso technology incorporated into Pilot Modular crushing, screening products

By: Nadine James     25th January 2019 Crushing and screening company Pilot Crushtec International’s award-winning Pilot Modular range of semi-mobile crushing and screening products will now feature Metso crushing and screening equipment as a standard, Pilot Crushtec CEO Sandro Scherf, said in a statement released last month. Metso... 

BME to focus on product improvement and organic growth 

By: Nadine James     25th January 2019 With commodity prices either stabilising or improving and several mining projects entering the last stages of development or coming online in 2019, explosives company BME aims to enhance its product offering while investing in its existing footprint, says BME MD Joe Keenan. BME will showcase its... 

Kwatani

25th January 2019 Established over 43 years ago, Kwatani is the largest independent privately owned original-equipment manufacturer supplying and manufacturing custom designed vibratory equipment in Africa, with over 15 000 units in more than 35 countries. More than one vibrating unit a day is dispatched from the... 

Multotec

25th January 2019 As a recognised industry leader in metallurgy and process engineering Multotec assists mining houses across the world process mine­rals more efficiently, effectively and reliably. Our equipment and expertise are used on six continents to optimise recoveries and reduce total cost of ownership for... 

Solar Mining Services

25th January 2019 Solar Group is a dynamic and established PLC company with aspirations to achieve a significant global presence and market share. As a growing international explosives manufacturer and supplier of related accessories and delivery systems, the group has a global footprint that currently extends to... 

Trafo Power Solutions

25th January 2019 Trafo Power Solutions was established to cater for the growing appetite and scope for the application of dry-type transformers in Africa. These power solutions are suitable across a wide range of industry including mining. The company offers a wide range of cast resin transformers from 160 kVA to... 

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