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Afrimat prospers in H1, despite tough economic environment

By: Simone Liedtke     1st November 2018 Openpit mining company Afrimat on Thursday posted a 4.3% year-on-year improvement in operating profit to R202.7-million for the six months ended August 31, while revenue increased by 28.6% year-on-year to R1.5-billion. These positive results, CEO Andries van Heerden said at a media breakfast,... 

Xtract, Nexus amend terms of alluvial collaboration agreement

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th October 2018 Xtract Resources and Nexus Capital, previously known as Mineral Technologies International, on Tuesday agreed to revise the terms of a collaboration agreement for the exploitation of alluvial gold deposits at Xtract’s Manica deposit, in Mozambique. The parties initially entered into the... 

Gemfields finds 1.1 kg emerald at Kagem in Zambia

By: Bloomberg     29th October 2018 The world’s biggest emerald miner has found a gem that weighs more than 1.1 kg at its mine in Zambia. The 5 655 ct stone found earlier this month at the Kagem mine will be sold at auction in Singapore in November, Gemfields Group said in a statement on Monday. 

Volvo launches new 95 t rigid hauler for coal, bulk commodities industries

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment on Thursday launched a new 95 t rigid hauler for the coal and bulk commodities industries in Southern Africa. Its local partner, construction equipment company Babcock Equipment, would provide the support and services for the... 

South32 foresees short-term volatility, but long-term growth, sustainability 

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2018 Diversified mining and metals company South32 on Thursday forecast short-term price volatility for the commodities it produces, but also highlighted its strong cash position and its work to further optimise its global portfolio of assets. In a speech delivered at the company’s 2018 annual general... 

Pathfinder raises £150k

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd October 2018 London-listed Pathfinder Minerals, which seeks to mine heavy mineral sands in Mozambique, has conditionally raised £150 000 through a share subscription with new and existing investors, including nonexecutive cochairperson Simon Farrell and CEO Scott Brown. The proceeds from the subscription... 

Busy year for exploration in Africa

19th October 2018 Exploration in gold has been the main driver of its busy work schedule in Africa this year, while precious gems have also seen strong demand, says engineering consulting firm SRK Exploration Services (SRK ES) senior exploration geologist Oliver Bayley. “We have worked on 25 African exploration... 

SRK Ghana expanding into other West African markets

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 As the economic mood in the global mining industry turns towards the better, SRK Consulting’s Accra office, in Ghana, has been making inroads into new markets in Côte d’Ivoire and Togo, SRK Ghana country manager John Kwofie noted in a release last week. He believes that there is potential for... 

Cavex® Hydrocyclones Expand Footprint Across Africa

16th October 2018 Weir Minerals Africa has expanded its Cavex® hydrocyclone footprint across Africa with its most two recent orders going into the Central African Copperbelt; one in Zambia and one in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Sheldon Gabriel, Product Manager – cyclones at Weir Minerals Africa, says... 

Syrah's improvement plans bear fruit

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2018 Graphite miner Syrah Resources has reported an 83% increase in production between the second and the third quarters, as the company’s improvement plan at its Balama operation, in Mozambique, starts to take shape. During the three months to September, Syrah produced 38 700 t of graphite, up from... 

Mustang to change name

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2018 ASX-listed Mustang Resources will start trading under the name New Energy Minerals on October 15, after shareholders approved the name change earlier this month. The company said on Monday that the new moniker reflected its focus on vanadium and graphite exploration and mining. 

Balking miners jeopardise $2.8bn Mozambican coal rail

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2018 A plan to develop a $2.8-billion railway and port to ferry coal in Mozambique may collapse because miners are balking, according to the man trying to build it. Failing to get the project off the ground would deprive the southern African country of a source of revenue it’s come to rely on as it... 

Company opens new office to increase its footprint

By: Donald Makhafola     5th October 2018 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa has opened a new office near eMalahleni to significantly extend its presence in the Mpumalanga coalfields region. Aury Africa has subsequently entered into supply contracts with significant players in the area. 

Fire forces partial suspension of Balama operation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2018 Graphite miner Syrah Resources has been forced to partially suspend operations at its Balama graphite operation, in Mozambique, following a fire at the primary classifier within the process plant. The fire resulted from hot work activities below the unit during planned maintenance on piping.... 

Kibo, Sepco III extend due diligence deadline to end-November

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2018 Aim- and JSE-listed Kibo Energy on Monday announced that the due date by which potential equity investor Sepco III had to complete its internal investment process had been extended to November 30. This had initially been expected to be completed by September 30.  

Gemfields in strong position to support planned growth

By: Simone Liedtke     28th September 2018 Gemfields Group Limited (GGL) is now in a strong position to support the planned growth of its underlying mining operations in Zambia and Mozambique, as well as to further develop its Faberge business and progress its bulk sampling in Ethiopia, it said in a report to shareholders for the six... 

Xtract alluvial mining delivers 2 903 oz in H1

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2018 Gold producer, exploration and development company Xtract Resources, which has projects in Mozambique, on Friday said about 2 903 oz of total alluvial mining contractor gold had been produced in the six months ended June 30. 

Venezuela, Iran uncertainties push back ONGC Videsh listing plans

By: Ajoy K Das     28th September 2018 Uncertainties over its assets in Venezuela and Iranian projects will push back the listing of ONGC Videsh. The wholly owned overseas investment arm of Indian national oil exploration and production (E&P) major, ONGC Limited has maintained that with its ventures in Venezuela and Iran in a limbo,... 

Lifting-equipment orders from Zambia’s Mopani Copper Mines exceed R100m – Condra Cranes

By: Nadine James     28th September 2018 Condra Cranes shipment of lifting equipment despatched in late August to Zambia-based copper mine Mopani Copper Mines has raised Condra’s order intake from Mopani to more than R100-million. Comprising one electric travelling overhead crane, 38 hoists, two large, and seven smaller, jib cranes, the... 

Montepuez financing strategy advancing

By: Mariaan Webb     27th September 2018 The development of the Montepuez graphite project, in Mozambique, is progressing well and the funding strategy has also advanced, ASX-listed Battery Minerals reported on Thursday. The company said that key construction milestones at the $51-million project, which will operate for ten years at 50... 

Trafigura Group helps re-establish historic African trade route

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th September 2018 Independent commodity trading group Trafigura has successfully taken the first step towards reopening one of Africa’s most historic trade routes, with a train journey that ended in the Angolan port of Lobito on Saturday, September 22. A cargo of 800 t of copper blister, bought by Trafigura from... 

Kibo’s shares rise as Mbeya coal mine recommended for special mining licence

By: Simone Liedtke     26th September 2018 Aim- and JSE-listed Kibo Energy’s share price on the LSE increased by 10.69% on Wednesday morning after the company announced that the Mbeya coal mine, which comprises the mining component of the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), has been recommended for the grant of a special mining licence... 

Savannah applies for new mining lease in Mozambique

By: Mariaan Webb     21st September 2018 London- and Frankfurt-listed Savannah Resources has lodged the last outstanding mining lease application for the Mutumba heavy mineral sands joint venture project with Rio Tinto, the company said on Friday, while also announcing its half-year results. The application has been submitted by... 

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.... 

Nanoparticle tech allows gemstone origin confirmation

14th September 2018 Gemstone mining company Gemfields has again partnered with Swiss gemologist Gübelin Gem Lab to embed nanoparticles proving origin into all Kagem emerald mine emeralds that were sold at auction in Lusaka, in Zambia in May. Gemfields is the operator and 75% owner of the Kagem mine and also holds... 

New exploration licences validated

14th September 2018 Canada-based diversified miner Maxtech Ventures last month announced that its Zambian mining operation, Maxtech Mining Zambia’s two large-scale exploration licences have been validated by the Minister of Mines and Mineral Development of Zambia. The first large-scale exploration licence is for an... 

Moz rail, port project stimulated by heavy mineral sands development

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th September 2018 The Mozambican daily newspaper “Notícias” has reported that the proposed Chongoene Logistics Corridor project, which would benefit the heavy mineral sands project at Chibuto in the country’s Gaza province, is now being investigated by a partnership that includes the China Railways International... 

Johnson Crane Hire

12th September 2018 Ranked among the top crane hire companies in the world, Johnson Crane Hire operates the largest mobile crane fleet in Africa. The company has an acknowledged track record for delivering appropriate solutions to the mining, petrochemicals, power and civil infrastructure industries throughout South... 

Afrox achieves double-digit HEPS growth amid subdued economic environment 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th September 2018 Despite low economic growth in the six months to June 30, JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) achieved double-digit growth in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 104c, representing an increase of 11.5% from the HEPS of 93.3c recorded for the six months to June 30, 2017. Referring to the... 

Brasco Electrical 

10th September 2018 The Brasco Group of Companies was established in 1991 and has been flourishing ever since. Brasco Electrical saw the company come into being, and it was this division that opened the door for many more to follow. The Brasco Group of Companies now offers a comprehensive range of services,... 

Eazi Access 

10th September 2018 Eazi Access is Africa’s market leader in work-at-height and material-handling solutions. Our comprehensive offering includes rental, sales, servicing and training across a range of industries and applications. We are a 100% South African-owned company with an extensive footprint across the... 

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... 

Mozambique confirms priority for new coal-carrying railway

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th September 2018 The strengthening of the railway infrastructure to carry coal from the inland Tete province to the sea, for export, is one of the top priorities for next year for Mozambique’s Ministry of Transport and Communications. This was affirmed by Transport and Communications Vice Minister Manuela Rebelo... 

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... 

Eazi Access

5th September 2018 Eazi Access is Africa’s market leader in work-at-height and material-handling solutions. Our comprehensive offering includes rental, sales, servicing and training across a range of industries and applications. We are a 100% South African-owned company with an extensive footprint across the... 

Goodwin pumps reduce maintenance costs, downtime

5th September 2018 Pump manufacturer Goodwin Submersible Pumps Africa has made significant advances in the mining and dewatering industries since its inaugural opening in South Africa two years ago. The growth experienced by the company has been spearheaded by the flagship 100ANZE slurry submersible pump as well as... 

Syrah raises A$94m for Balama ramp-up

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th September 2018 Graphite developer Syrah Resources will raise A$94-milion through an institutional placement to complete the ramp-up of its Balama graphite project, through to positive cash flow. The company on Tuesday said that some 42.2-million new shares would be placed at A$2.23 a share, to raise... 

Triton raises funds for Ancuabe

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st August 2018 Graphite developer Triton Minerals will raise $4-million through a share placement to assist in funding its development activities at its Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique. Triton on Friday said that the an initial A$1.2-million will be raised through a placement to the company’s largest... 

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