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No agreement yet in Eskom’s discussions with Optimum BRPs

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom says it is considering a proposal by Optimum coal mine business rescue practitioners (BRPs) to reduce the monthly coal supply tonnage from the mine from 400 000 t to 200 000 t for the remainder of the contract period. Eskom on Monday stressed, however, that it has... 

Aiming to improve emergency preparedness

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st December 2017 Mpumalanga-based artisan and mining skills training centre Colliery Training College (CTC) is actively seeking more coal projects to contract the services of its Rescue Drill Unit (RDU) to improve the effectiveness of mines’ emergency preparedness procedures. “We encourage mines to contract us to... 

Universal subsidiary raises stake in Eloff project to 80%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2017 A subsidiary of ASX-listed Universal Coal has increased its stake in the Eloff coal project, in Mpumalanga, South Africa, to 80%. Universal Coal Development IV (UCDIV), which is a joint venture between Universal and Ndalamo Resources, has acquired Manyeka Coal Mines, which owns 51% of the Eloff... 

Pan African concludes wage agreement at Barberton Mines

By: Anine Kilian     18th October 2017 Pan African Resources’ Mpumalanga-based Barberton Mines has successfully concluded a one-year wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Uasa. The average wage increase for all Barberton Mines employees will be about 8%, effective from July. 

Mentors ease entry  

By: Nica Schreuder     4th August 2017 Finding a mentor who has extensive experience in the industry is one way of mitigating challenges facing women in the mining industry, says multinational mining company Anglo American production section shift supervisor Prianka Padayachee. Women in mining face many challenges in a traditionally... 

Norilsk’s $271m suit against Botswana over stalled sale provisionally set down for hearing this month

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd June 2017 Russian miner Norilsk Nickel, which intends to sue the Botswana government to recover $271-million in damages and other legal costs from a stalled sale, says a date for the court hearing has been set provisionally for the middle of June. “We are waiting for this process to be concluded. We... 

Milestone for Two Rivers as PGM production surpasses 400 000 oz/y

By: David Oliveira     3rd February 2017 Mpumalanga-based Two Rivers, a joint venture between diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats), reached an important milestone last year, producing more than 400 000 oz of platinum-group metals (PGMs) for the first time since the mine started... 

Milestone for Two Rivers as PGM production surpasses 400 000 oz/y

By: David Oliveira     3rd February 2017 Mpumalanga-based Two Rivers, a joint venture between diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats), reached an important milestone last year, producing more than 400 000 oz of platinum-group metals (PGMs) for the first time since the mine started... 

Enhanced breakers delivered to junior coal miners

27th January 2017 Within a year of unveiling its semimobile Bradford Breaker to the mining industry, comminution equipment specialist Tenova Takraf Africa has delivered two machines for junior coal miners ACC Coal’s Overlooked colliery and Bisichi Mining’s Black Wattle colliery, both in Mpumalanga, South Africa. 

Work on Booysendal South Central access decline to start in April

By: David Oliveira     16th December 2016 Platinum producer Northam Platinum earlier this month awarded JSE-listed Murray & Roberts Cementation the Phase 1 contract for the Mpumalanga-based Booysendal South Central complex, a new mine that will be established on the same mining lease as Booysendal platinum mine. Murray & Roberts... 

Murray & Roberts secures Phase 1 Booysendal South Central complex contract

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Platinum producer Northam Platinum this week awarded JSE-listed Murray & Roberts Cementation the Phase 1 contract for the Mpumalanga-based Booysendal South Central complex, a new mine that will be established on the same mining lease as Booysendal platinum mine.... 

Mpumalanga colliery acquires tower lights to ensure 24/7 operation

By: Dylan Slater     28th October 2016 Additional tower lights, from mobile and semi-mobile crushing, screening, washing and materials handling equipment company Pilot Crushtec International, have been supplied to Mpumalanga-based coal mining specialist Just Coal.  

Keaton Energy coal delivery down owing to reception constraints

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th October 2016 Mpumalanga-based coal miner Keaton Energy on Friday reported a 4%, or 52 372 t, drop in washed 2- and 4-Seam thermal coal delivered to Eskom in the half-year ended September 30. The company, spearheaded by CEO Mandi Glad, explained that the volume drop in its delivery of 139-million tonnes could... 

Video tracking system affords hauliers enhanced real-time monitoring of their fleets

By: Ilan Solomons     7th October 2016 Local video tracking company Inkwazi currently provides tracking, real time and historical video streaming services to Mpumalanga-based coal hauliers, such as Sathala and FTX. Inkwazi MD Nicolette Bailey tells Mining Weekly that these companies have informed Inkwazi that the use of the company’s... 

Matla mine, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     30th September 2016 A coal mine in the Kriel district of Mpumalanga, South Africa. 

Hydra Arc

26th August 2016 Established in 1987, Hydra Arc has grown from a supplier to specialised welders into a leading refinery maintenance, turnaround specialist, steel fabrication and construction company, operating in the petrochemical, construction, mining and power generation industries. Training, innovation, the... 

Pan African expects H1 earnings to soar

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd August 2016 Pan African Resources expects its earnings a share for the financial year ended June 30, to be between 157% and 177% higher than the 11.48c it reported for the previous financial year, owing to robust operational performances from its Mpumalanga-based mines. The gold miner expects headline... 

Coal major expects production increases despite Inyanda closure

29th July 2016 Thermal coal production from commercial mines owned by mining company Exxaro is expected to increase by 12%, mainly owing to the inclusion of coal producer Exxaro Coal Central (ECC) and higher production at the Grootegeluk coal mine, in Limpopo, and the North Block Complex coal mine, in... 

Cutting corners to cost mines in long run

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 Many sites are trying to cut costs by moving away from using original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) spares and components when undertaking maintenance, says technologies, products and engineering services provider Tenova TAKRAF Africa aftermarket GM Paul Davies.  

Lily mine enters business rescue, Solidarity reacts to move

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2016 Gold miner Vantage Goldfields, which operates the Mpumalanga-based Lily mine where three miners have been trapped underground since February 4, has announced that its subsidiary MIMCO, which owns the mine, officially entered business rescue on Thursday. In a statement released on Thursday, the... 

Dubai firm to establish ‘largest’ asset in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th March 2016 Dubai-based Centaur Group, which has completed the acquisition of two South African coal prospecting rights near Ermelo, is preparing to develop them into the global investment holding company’s largest single asset. The proposed Mpumalanga-based De Roodepoort mining project, which would become... 

New plan in place to recover Lily mine container

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2016 Vantage Goldfields on Thursday announced at a media briefing that it would use a new and safer entrance route to approach the container at its Mpumalanga-based Lily mine, where three miners have been trapped underground for over a month.  The container fell prey to a sinkhole collapse that took... 

Elandspruit production set to ramp up as project nears completion

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th December 2015 Mpumalanga-based Elandspruit colliery will ramp up to produce 335 000 t of run-of-mine (RoM) a month before the end of this financial year, representing at least half of South African coal-mining and -trading company Wescoal’s 2016 financial year coal target of about four-million tons of RoM a... 

Afro Energy granted bulk gas sampling permission

By: Zandile Mavuso     27th November 2015 Following the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) granting joint venture (JV) gas company Afro Energy bulk gas sampling permission for 500 mmscf/y over the next two years, the company believes that the early stage revenue sales from the permit will provide an initial gross cash flow of about... 

Mining contractor refocuses on after sales service offering

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2015 Environmental opencast mining contractor DynaD has renewed its focus on its after-sales services, partly owing to slow growth and development in a lacklustre coal sector, says DynaD drill and blasting director Chris Bester. “Nothing much happened in the coal industry in the past year,” he says,... 

Mine dump rehab pilot project being undertaken at Mintails tailings sites

By: Anine Kilian     2nd October 2015 Black-owned green technology company G-Tech is running a mine dump rehabilitation pilot project in Randfontein, West of Johannesburg, on one of South Africa-focused gold miner Mintails’ tailing sites. G-Tech rehabilitates wasteland by restoring indigenous biomes and biodiversity by planting... 

Universal Coal posts record Q4 output, sales

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2015 South African coal miner Universal Coal has set its sights on doubling its projected half-yearly earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), as well as doubling coal output by the end of next year, as its flagship Mpumalanga-based coal asset achieved record... 

Wescoal’s BEE ambitions get deadline

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th May 2015 Junior coal mining and trading group Wescoal’s ambitious black empowerment plans, which are key for the JSE-listed group’s contracts with power utility Eskom and other export opportunities, are likely to come to head by December 2016. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online prior to a shareholder update... 

CoAL resolves legacy Chapudi payout

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th May 2015 Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) has resolved its last historic liability issue as a deal is reached between it, Rio Tinto Minerals Development and Rio’s joint venture partner Kwezi Mining, over a deferred consideration payable by CoAL subsidiary MbeuYashu for a 2010 acquisition. Late in 2010, CoAL... 

CoAL extends Mooiplaats sales agreement to end-June 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th May 2015 South Africa-focused coal miner Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) and Blackspear Holdings have agreed to extend the sale and purchase agreement for the Mooiplaats colliery to June 30. CoAL announced in September 2014 that it would sell the colliery, which had been placed on care and maintenance in... 

Sale of Aquarius’ Everest mine to Northam now unconditional

By: Natalie Greve     23rd April 2015 The conditions precedent related to Part A of the sale of Aquarius Platinum’s idled Everest mine to Northam Platinum have been fulfilled, rendering the disposal process unconditional and an amount of R400-million payable to Aquarius by June 26. Aquarius announced in February that it had entered... 

Evander tailings retreatment project progressing to steady state – Pan African

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th February 2015 The newly commissioned Evander Tailings Retreatment Plant (ETRP) was on track for steady-state output of 180 000 t/m to 200 000 t/m by June, dual-listed Pan African Resources said on Thursday. 

Company seeks to achieve fatality-free operations

By: Ilan Solomons     12th December 2014 Diversified miner Glencore’s Mpumalanga-based Tweefontein Optimisation Project (TOP) management team aims to ensure that no fatalities occur on site during the construction phase of the project and that this record is extended to the mine’s 26-year life-of-mine. “TOP’s management has placed... 

Project supplies Eskom and export market

By: Ilan Solomons     12th December 2014 About 75% of the coal from diversified miner Glencore’s Mpumalanga-based Tweefontein Optimisation Project (TOP) will be exported through the private-sector-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), in KwaZulu-Natal, while the rest will be supplied to State-owned power utility Eskom and other... 

Jubilee revenue increase illustrates success of Middelburg smelter renewal – CEO

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd December 2014 The growth in mine-to-metals company Jubilee Platinum’s revenue in rands for the year ended June 30 compared with the previous reporting period illustrates the successful implementation of the Mpumalanga-based Middelburg smelter renewal and expansion programme concluded in the last quarter of the... 

Section 54 stoppages at Pan African to dent Nov output

By: Natalie Greve     21st November 2014 The issuing of two separate Section 54 notices at Pan African Resources’ Mpumalanga-based mines by the Department of Mineral Resources’ Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate (MHSI) this month is set to negatively impact gold production from the Barberton and Evander operations, the company said on... 

Coal of Africa secures $21m cash in first-stage equity raise

By: Martin Creamer     13th November 2014 Triple-listed coal exploration and project development company Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) has completed the first stage of its equity capital raising exercise. The South Africa-focused company, which trades its shares in Sydney, London and Johannesburg, said on Thursday that it had received... 

CoAL continues with capital raise and divestment 

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th November 2014 South Africa-focused Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) on Thursday told shareholders that the first part of its $64.9-million capital raising had been approved. Hong Kong-based Haohua Energy International Resources has received all regulatory approvals required for its $23.4-million investment into... 

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