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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... 

SA govt looks to drive PGMs demand with new coin

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st August 2018 The South African government is considering a range of initiatives to increase the demand for platinum-group metals (PGMs), including the development of a Mandela Platinum Coin. The proposal to develop a Mandela Platinum Coin is based on the international success achieved by the Kruger Rand,... 

Mintek showcases developed water rehabilitation technologies

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     31st August 2018 South African research and development company, Mintek, showcased the Savmin, NICMembrane, biological sulphate reduction and MetRIX technologies on 14 to 16 March. They use different methods to deal with different types of mine water and rehabilitate water to different standards. At the Mintek... 

Unisa, Mintek officially launch shared imaging facility

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 The University of South Africa (Unisa) and Mintek officially launched their shared Materials Imaging Laboratory, and specifically their recent acquisition of an X-ray microscope (XRM), which enables both institutions to carry out advanced mineral and material research. In 2017, Unisa and Mintek... 

Proof Engineering’s theft-proof ProAlloy couplers

19th July 2018 Couplers facilitate the connection of electrical cables to mobile mining equipment. “Given that they are traditionally manufactured from brass, leaded gun metal or stainless steel, the extremely high weight-to-value ratio of these critical components presents a high theft risk,” explains Donovan... 

Mintek, Unisa acquire 3D X-ray microscopy system

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th July 2018 Minerals beneficiator Mintek and Unisa’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology have jointly acquired a three-dimensional (3D) X-ray microscopy system, which the companies will launch on July 24 at Unisa’s Florida science campus.  

Mintek, Difeme partner to beneficiate quartz mined in the Northern Cape

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Minerals beneficiator Mintek has partnered with Difeme Holdings Group on the development of appropriate process technologies to beneficiate quartz. Mintek will provide technical services to Difeme – a black-owned mining start-up company with a focus on the mining and beneficiation of quartz to a... 

Short spell of mining hope dashed – Lorimer

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2018 The short spell of hope for South Africa’s beleaguered mining sector, which burst forth with the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as President, has been dashed, Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer said during the mineral resources budget debate. Applying the ‘learning nothing and... 

Mantashe prioritises policy, laments ‘inadequate’ budget allocation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will make policy and legislation one of its key priorities this year and has committed to finalising the Mining Charter in June, Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. Mantashe, who tabled the DMR’s Budget Vote in Parliament, listed the department’s... 

Company invests in training to bridge skills gap in minerals processing

By: Donald Makhafola     4th May 2018 Minerals processing specialist Multotec spent more than R10-million on education and training development in 2017, while an additional R2-million was spent on the newly built, state-of-the-art training centre in Spartan, Kempton Park, says COO Jannie de Jonge. De Jonge says Multotec has “invested... 

Exciting new mining research thrust 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The new Mandela Mining Precinct will be officially opened on May 4 to revitalise and modernise South Africa’s high-potential but struggling mining industry. 

Exciting new mining research thrust 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The new Mandela Mining Precinct will be officially opened on May 4 to revitalise and modernise South Africa’s high-potential but struggling mining industry. 

A proposal to the President – A six-point plan

2nd March 2018 South Africa’s minerals and mining industry faces severe headwinds. The Republic of South Africa hosts a treasure trove of geology and minerals, valued at about $2.5-trillion. Without modern exploration, prospecting and new local and foreign investment, these resources will not be developed for... 

A proposal to the President - A six-point plan

2nd March 2018 South Africa's minerals and mining industry faces severe headwinds. The Republic of South Africa hosts a treasure trove of geology and minerals, valued at about $2.5-trillion. Without modern exploration, prospecting, and new local and foreign investment, these resources will not be developed for... 

On-The-Air (26/01/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 A pioneering black industrialist has secured a R50-million non-repayable grant from the government for a nickel plant in North West; The private sector is taking a rare plunge into plant nutrient minerals that could see the creation of a new South African fertiliser champion; Strong calls are... 

Workshop: The pertraction metal refinery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 Workshop: The pertraction metal refinery. Media Report 11 October 2017 The Focus Area: 

South Africa should consider agromining – US professor 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2017 South Africans, who have been mining for metals for more than a century, were this week urged to farm for metals. South African-born Stephen Haggerty, a distinguished research professor of Florida International University in the US who spoke to Mining Weekly Online while in Johannesburg, outlined... 

Mintek CEO steps down after ten-year tenure

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st September 2017 After serving two five-year terms, Abiel Mngomezulu is stepping down as CEO and president of national mineral research organisation Mintek, effective September 3. The Mintek board had not yet announced his successor after advertising the position in May. 

Bamboo a possible answer to asbestos remediation challenges – Mintek

By: Ilan Solomons     28th July 2017 Bamboo may be suitable as potential cover to remediate asbestos related mine waste in semi-arid regions of South Africa, states South African State-owned mineral and metallurgical innovation company Mintek mineral economics and strategic unit manager Godfrey Mothapo. He was speaking at the Fossil... 

Lack of confidence in black businesses cripples development

By: Nadine James     21st July 2017 Materials handling and alternative mining solutions expert Ncamiso Mining is expanding its presence in Welkom, where it sees strong potential to grow and support local black-owned and black economic-empowerment (BEE) entities across the various needs of their operations in the area. However,... 

Earth observation satellites starting to bring benefits to mining sector

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 At last month’s International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment, held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria, one of the very many topics addressed was the use of remote sensing, particularly from earth observation (EO) satellites, to support the... 

Earth observation satellites starting to bring benefits to mining sector

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 At last month’s International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment, held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, one of the very many topics addressed was the use of remote sensing, particularly from Earth observation (EO) satellites, to support the... 

Despite glorious past, mineral processing innovation faces uncertain future

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 While the mining industry does not yet seem to be in a crisis regarding innovation in mineral processing, it certainly seems to be on a downward trajectory, says former Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre director and emeritus professor Tim Napier-Munn, noting that, with innovation being... 

‘Siloed’ approaches to mineral processing giving way to integration

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 To keep abreast of the global drive towards system integration as a means of enabling lean production and process optimisation, State-owned minerals technology organisation Mintek is focusing on shifting the South African mining sector to increasing degrees of operation and control of the local... 

Despite glorious past, mineral processing innovation faces uncertain future

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 While the mining industry does not yet seem to be in a crisis regarding innovation in minerals processing, it certainly seems to be on a downward trajectory, says former Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) director and emeritus professor Tim Napier-Munn, noting that, with... 

Kiln refractory replacement expected to boost production

19th May 2017 The new kiln refractory is expected to help boost production at vanadium-focused junior miner Largo Resources’ Maracas Menchen mine, in the north east of Brazil, which is the fourth-largest producer of the commodity after South Africa. The miner completed a 20-day shutdown at Maracas to replace... 

DMR to be more flexible with small-scale mining applicants

By: Ilan Solomons     7th April 2017 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will “amend and relax” some of its conditions in issuing mining permits to small-scale miners, said Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant last month. The Deputy Minister was speaking following the conclusion of a one-day workshop on illegal... 

New cost-slashing platinum technology ready to roll – Pallinghurst

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2017 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Years of diligent research and development have paid off for Pallinghust group platinum mine Sedibelo, which is now ready to implement an amazing new technology that will send platinum processing costs tumbling down the cost curve, use a fifth of the electricity... 

Govt to ‘amend and relax’ laws for small-scale miners in bid to combat illegal mining

By: Ilan Solomons     24th March 2017 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) –  The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will “amend and relax” some of its conditions in issuing mining permits to small-scale miners, Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Friday. The Deputy Minister was speaking following the conclusion... 

Makhapa Makhafola

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2017 This week we feature Dr Makhapa Makhafola, the GM Research & Development at the State minerals research organisation Mintek. 

Kogi granted mining licences in Nigeria

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd March 2017 Junior Kogi Iron has been granted two mining licences for its Agbaja iron-ore and steel project, in Nigeria. The two granted mining licences cover 90.7 km2 and contain 586-million tonnes of indicated and inferred mineral resources. 

Glencore in pole position to benefit from growing cobalt demand

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2017 Heightened ownership of the Mutanda and Katanga mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) puts cobalt in a strong potential earnings position for Glencore, the world’s dominant supplier of the metal that is attracting attention because of its growing use in electric vehicles (EVs). In an... 

Scientist proposes using automated mineralogical analyses to monitor acid mine water

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd December 2016 The formation of acid mine drainage (AMD) is currently one of the largest environmental problems facing the South African gold mining industry, warns local State-owned mineral and metallurgical innovation company Mintek senior scientist Veruska Govender. She points out that mining operations have... 

Waste coal gasification could offer alternative power generation source  

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 To facilitate the gasification of low-grade fine waste coal that is discarded as a by-product of coal processing, State-owned mineral research council Mintek is developing the concept of direct current (dc) arc plasma gasification, intending to produce a synthesis gas (syngas) that could be used... 

National project more than halfway to meeting goal

By: Aarifah Nosarka     16th September 2016 The National Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technologies Flagship Project, or Hydrogen South Africa (HySA), is more than halfway through its 15-year timeline and 40% of the milestones on the road to achieving the goal of commercialisation of locally developed fuel cell technology on the international... 

Decline in ore grades grows interest in geometallurgy

By: Nadine James     19th August 2016 The concept of geometallurgy is being researched by State-owned mineral research council Mintek’s Mineralogy division, owing to the global mining industry’s challenge of confronting declining grades and low-grade orebodies. The current lack of exploration, in addition to the finite number of... 

Advancing base metals recovery from platinum production

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th August 2016 State-owned research organisation for the minerals industry Mintek is partnering with platinum producers in South Africa to improve the recovery of base metals associated with platinum-group metal (PGM) production. Mintek GM Peter Craven notes that the challenging economic environment is... 

Gold alive and kicking, Brexit may boost projects activity

By: Sascha Solomons     29th July 2016 Gold is a vibrant industry and remains a safe haven in times of economic turmoil, despite proposals over the years for the yellow metal to be commoditised, asserts worldwide minerals processing and metallurgical engineering products and services provider Mintek. “There is strong activity in the... 

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