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On-The-Air (21/09/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 Japan is forecasting a massive market for fuel cells that use South African platinum; South African company Isondo this week reported that it is at the ready to produce fuel cell components locally; and Global commentators this week called on resource-rich African countries to use their wonderful... 

Fuel cell parts manufacturer ready to commission plant

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Fuel cell components manufacturer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) hopes to commission its platinum-containing membrane electrode assembly (MEA) manufacturing plant in the upcoming months, pending the finalisation of the balance of funding. The state-of-the-art MEA manufacturing technology plant from... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

Supplier grows installed base of Cavex hydrocyclones 

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st September 2018 There is a fast-growing installed base of Cavex hydrocyclone technology in coal processing in both classification and dense-medium separation (DMS) applications, according to mining equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa. “This is as a result of the lower total cost of ownership achieved by... 

Manufacturer ready to commission plant

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Fuel cell components manufacturer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) hopes to commission its platinum-containing membrane electrode assembly (MEA) manufacturing plant in the upcoming months, pending the finalisation of the balance of funding. The state-of-the-art MEA manufacturing technology plant from... 

Local coal future depends on economic situation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st September 2018 Coal mining currently provides more than 86 000 jobs locally, and this figure will increase as more junior mines are expected to open in the future, provided that the economic situation “does not deteriorate further”, says coal consulting company XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prévost.... 

R&D on clean coal technologies crucial in SA

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st September 2018 The research and development (R&D) of clean coal technologies in South Africa is absolutely necessary, says Fossil Fuel Foundation director and recently retired Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation South African Research Chairs Initiative Clean Coal Technology chair... 

Resource-rich Africa, Masama coal mine and Pan African's reconfiguration make headlines  

20th September 2018 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses getting resource-rich Africa on the road the success, the Masama coal mine and Pan African’s reconfigured gold operations.   

Gold capital, ARM’s growth and Implats’ Zim tax relief make headlines  

14th September 2018 This week Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses gold mining capital, African Rainbow Minerals’ growth opportunities and Implats working with the Zimbabwean government. 

On-The-Air (14/09/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2018 South African mining companies are entering an exciting new era of close collaboration with the governments of South Africa and Zimbabwe; Gold mining, which was once the darling of the investor community, are now battling to raise even low levels of capital; and Australia is proving to the world... 

Growing demand for synthetics not a threat to natural diamonds

By: Nadine James     14th September 2018 Although the global diamond market is currently worth about $87-billion, laboratory-grown diamonds only constitute 2% of that market, or $1.9-billion, says New York-based independent diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky. While the laboratory-grown diamond jewellery market is forecast to grow to about... 

Zambia ventilation shaft project finalised

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 Mining contracting and engineering services company Redpath Mining Africa has completed what it has dubbed the “milestone” Synclinorium Ventilation Shaft project for Zambia-based copper mine, Mopani Copper Mines. Redpath Mining Africa’s Zambian branch, Redpath Zambia, was initially awarded the... 

First Quantum commends stability of Zambian mining policies

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 Global mining company First Quantum Minerals has complimented the Zambian government for the recent stability of the nation’s mining tax and royalty regime, which – if it continues – may increase investor confidence. Moreover, First Quantum head of government affairs John Gladston commends... 

Zambia’s operational investment spikes

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 A positive shift in Zambia’s copper and cobalt mining industries has resulted in an increase in much-needed operational investments by major mining houses, says mining, bulk materials handling and minerals processing equipment and systems supplier TAKRAF Africa. TAKRAF Africa regional sales... 

Growing demand for synthetics not a threat to natural diamonds

By: Nadine James     14th September 2018 Although the global diamond market is currently worth about $87-billion, laboratory-grown diamonds only constitute 2% of that market, or $1.9-billion, says New York-based independent diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky. While the laboratory-grown diamond jewellery market is forecast to grow to about... 

Modernisation could prolong mining jobs – Mandela Mining Precinct co-director

By: Nadine James     14th September 2018 Presenting at the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy 2018 Mine Safe Technical Conference Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) co-director Alastair Macfarlane noted that modernisation could prolong mining jobs, while localisation and agri-industrialisation, could absorb jobs as and when... 

OILY SA showcases G-Energy brand

10th September 2018 High-quality lubricants distributor OILY SA is exhibiting its premium European-made Gazpromneft and G-Energy brands of oils and lubricants at Electra Mining Africa 2018. G-Energy offers technologically advanced lubricants that are developed and manufactured in Bari, Italy. They are blended using... 

On-The-Air (07/09/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2018 The planned imposition of carbon tax on South Africa’s smelters is going to put thousands of people out of work and lose South Africa billions of rands in lost export revenue. The promising new gold recovery project on the Far West Rand is another example of the private sector working together... 

Carbon Tax, DRDGold and exploration make headlines 

7th September 2018 This week, there are calls for treasury to abandon the carbon tax plan in light of the new Integrated Resources Plan, DRD Gold expects rapid gold output and exploration stimulus must be transparent.  

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

By: Tracy Hancock     7th September 2018 The evolution of waste management techniques to accommodate the shift to low-grade ores by mining operations is one of the key emerging trends in the global mining waste management market, states UK market research company Technavio. The London-headquartered company explains that in the last... 

Minister’s big exploration stimulus must also be fully transparent to be credible

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2018 Somehow Cabinet Ministers seem to say more outside the country than in it. Mining Weekly has been striving for effective stimulation of the dormant exploration business for some time, but the publication had to wait for Minerals Minister Gwede Mantashe to go to last week’s African Down Under... 

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

By: Tracy Hancock     7th September 2018 The evolution of waste management techniques to accommodate the shift to low-grade ores by mining operations is one of the key emerging trends in the global mining waste management market, states UK market research company Technavio. The London-headquartered company explains that in the last... 

Accelerate processes to ensure timeous recovery of mining sector – govt urged

By: Nadine James     7th September 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM is well-poised to make inroads into the mining industry, says AECOM Africa strategy and growth director Fadzai Nyamasve. She tells Mining Weekly that  although there  is still uncertainty in the market regarding the Mining Charter, AECOM expects... 

Ramjack introduces outsourced remote operations service to Africa

6th September 2018 Specialised systems integrator Ramjack Technology Services is launching a new service that will allow African mines to run their production and safety systems on a real-time basis from an outsourced control centre in Johannesburg. 

On-The-Air (31/08/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2018 The new Minerals Council this week promised South Africa 50 000 more mining jobs in exchange for globally competitive mining laws. Mining executives the world over have agreed to attend a demonstration of exciting new South African mining technology. An amazing number of new uses of platinum fuel... 

Continuous ion exchange technology projects achieve milestones

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st August 2018 Minerals processing equipment supplier Multotec Process Equipment (Multotec) has secured its first two projects for the continuous ion exchange technology it offers, and is achieving notable progress in both, Multotec senior process engineer Carien Spagnuolo tells Mining Weekly. The technology is... 

Market expansion met with growth, demand

By: Paige Müller     31st August 2018 Modular building supplier Speedspace is focusing on alternative market diversification and penetration to bolster its Southern Africa operations amid recent declines in product demand from local mining houses. Speedspace MD Hennie Wiggett tells Mining Weekly that the company anticipated hardships... 

Cost-effective solution required amid local economic volatility

By: Paige Müller     31st August 2018 Providing mining houses with cost-effective and reliable turnkey modular building solutions is crucial in South Africa’s current economic environment, says modular building solutions provider Afripanel. Afripanel contracts project manager Malcolm McGregor tells Mining Weekly that the local... 

Tecman sees automation as a boon for mining

30th August 2018 The mechanisation and automation of mining in South Africa will improve productivity and extend the operational lives of many mines that would otherwise have closed, benefiting equipment manufacturers, such as Tecman. 

Roff Industries on reducing dust explosion risks

29th August 2018 Local manufacturer Roff Industries believes that organisations spending huge amounts on certified explosion-proof electrical equipment could achieve substantial savings by avoiding the main hazard – the build-up of dust. 

Safety and technology at the forefront this week  

29th August 2018 This week Master Drilling to launch new technology, Southern Palace is accelerating mining technology development in South Africa and, Sibanye-Stillwater commits to take safety to the next level. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines.   

On-The-Air (24/08/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2018 The ‘Great Tweet’ of Minerals Minister Gwede Mantashe urging South Africans to celebrate their wonderful treasure chest of mineral wealth has been met with resounding applause. Mining leaders are crushing the curse of mineworkers being forced to encounter deadly danger in South Africa’s deep... 

Diamond industry’s confidence in XRT sorting growing

24th August 2018 X-ray transmission (XRT) technology has ushered in a new era for diamond recovery, with an increasing number of companies embracing the technology and scaling back on the use of conventional technologies, such as dense media separation, for the treatment of middle and coarse-sized material. “The... 

New design for the Mixtec EDICT system

24th August 2018 Industrial agitator manufacturer Mixtec will be showcasing its very own high-level mixer designs and cutting edge impeller designs at this year’s Electra Mining Africa. 

X-ray technology enabling real-time analysis of gold ore samples Down Under

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th August 2018 Australian gold explorers have been given the world-first option to access x-ray technology to detect and analyse unseen gold, cutting turnaround times significantly. The photon assay technology was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) over a... 

Alternative energy, efficiency augment fossil fuels

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 Alternative energy resources, such as natural gas, solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, biomass and energy storage, will play an increasingly important role in Africa’s energy future and particularly for mines, states global engineering, procurement, construction and consulting company Black & Veatch.... 

X-ray technology enabling real-time analysis of gold ore samples Down Under

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th August 2018 Australian gold explorers have been given the world-first option to access x-ray technology to detect and analyse unseen gold, cutting turnaround times significantly. The photon assay technology was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) over a... 

On-The-Air (17/08/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2018 Yet another huge mine is in serious financial trouble, which is throwing up the dread of more mass retrenchment. South Africa should adopt the growth model that has proved so resoundingly successful for the economy of Canada. The Constitutional Court should be called upon to lift the veil of... 

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