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Buffalo’s future uncertain as it awaits funding proposals for Aviemore adit project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th August 2018 Coal producer Buffalo Coal is awaiting the submission of possible final offers from bidders interested in investing in its Aviemore mine, in KwaZulu-Natal. The mine has 18 months of life-of-mine (LOM) reserves left. To extend the LOM to 15 years, R445-million of additional capital is needed to... 

Sitatunga Resources hopes to create jobs in R103 million KZN colliery deal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 Exploration and Project Development Mining Company, Sitatunga Resources, has purchased Wescoal’s coal assets near New Castle, KwaZulu-Natal, for R103 million. The assets include an approved mining right and overlaying surface rights. Sitatunga, on the 7th August  2018, signed an agreement to buy... 

Sitatunga Resources hopes to create jobs at newly acquired colliery

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 Exploration and mining project development company Sitatunga Resources, which has bought Wescoal’s coal assets near Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, believes its investment in the Braakfontein Colliery will create much-needed jobs in the area. Braakfontein Colliery is an advanced-stage exploration... 

Wescoal to dispose of LBC assets

By: Anine Kilian     7th August 2018 JSE-listed Wescoal has, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Leeuw Braakfontein Colliery (LBC), entered into a sale of assets with Sitatunga Resources in terms of which LBC will dispose of its LBC assets in KwaZulu-Natal. The total consideration for the disposal is R103-million and will be paid... 

Battery metals boom boosting services, project potential

By: Paige Müller     3rd August 2018 There is a boom in the battery metals mining space, owing to a global focus on environment-friendly power initiatives, or ‘green’ energy, says mining industry specialist consultants The MSA Group. MSA Group critical metals principal consultant Michael Cronwright says the company has noted a... 

Menar hopes to expand through $28m Kangra Coal buy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st August 2018 Mining investment company Menar Holding plans to acquire a 70% stake in Kangra Coal, which owns assets in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, from Madrid-listed Gas Natural Fenosa for $28-million. If approved, the acquisition will add to Menar’s growing portfolio and diversified geographical location... 

Transnet signs manganese capacity allocation contract with Assmang

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2018 State-owned Transnet has signed a seven-and-a-half-year Manganese Export Capacity Allocation (MECA2) contract with Assmang as part of its strategy to secure 95% of manganese volumes on rail. The contract, which will see the transportation of export manganese from pit to port, offers Assmang, the... 

AfriSam offers ‘mine-ready’ concrete, technical expertise

By: Melissa Zisengwe     20th July 2018 As many built structures in the mining environment require the use of aggregates, cement and concrete, leading construction materials supplier AfriSam can collaborate with contractors and mines to design and provide specialist concrete mixes. In addition to offering customised concrete for the... 

Rio says workers return at South Africa's Richards Bay Minerals

By: Bloomberg     16th July 2018 Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals in South Africa said workers are reporting for duty after violence and protests that started more than a week ago shut the operations. “Following a significant improvement in the security situation, employees are returning to work today and we will safely ramp up... 

On-The-Air (06/07/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2018 Black-controlled mining company Exxaro has hit the high spots with the introduction of South Africa’s first ‘smart’ mine. A strongly black-empowered mining company is taking steps to raise money in London for its modern new phosphates operation in the Western Cape. The Bafokeng community is... 

Bell Equipment enters tipper truck market with Kamaz partnership

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 South African materials handling equipment supplier Bell Equipment has entered the Southern Africa tipper truck market through a partnership with Russian heavy duty truck manufacturer Kamaz. The new partnership was celebrated at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018, held in March, in Johannesburg, where the... 

A Success Story in Junior Mining

11th June 2018 At the Junior Mining Indaba 2018, Vuslat Bayoglu shared the transformation of ZAC (Zululand Anthracite Colliery) from major mining to junior mining. Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), South Africa’s sole producer and exporter of prime anthracite coal, plans to expand its mining operations and... 

TFR’s MMC business unit to conduct national maintenance in June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) Mineral Mining and Chrome (MMC) business unit, which is responsible for yearly planned maintenance where major capital replacement activities are implemented, will hold its financial year shutdown from June 7 to 13.  

On-The-Air (01/06/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2018 Former Energy Director-General Nelisiwe Magubane this week called for clean coal technology to be introduced to stave off litigation; Vigorous new investment in junior mining is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year and The positive role platinum can play to clean the world’s air... 

Mantashe sees 'solid' mining charter after consultations

By: African News Agency      1st June 2018 South Africa's mines minister is confident of delivering a "solid" new charter for the industry after holding the last community consultation in KwaZulu-Natal province, his department said late on Thursday. Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has been holding meetings around the country... 

Lift truck company’s Pietermaritzburg branch up and running

1st June 2018 Material handling solutions provider Goscor Lift Truck Company’s (GLTC’s) recently expanded Pietermaritzburg facility symbolises the most important tenet of its philosophy –to ensure that the company does whatever it takes to ensure the best possible service for its clients. This division falls... 

Chamber rebrand as Minerals Council South Africa establishes valuable ‘reboot’ opportunity for South Africa’s most important industry

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2018 The introduction of the Minerals Council South Africa provides the struggling South African mining industry with a chance to establish an important new beginning. Proper leadership has the potential to set South Africa on an upward course under the growing realisation that if the country... 

Mantashe to conclude Mining Charter community consultation tour

By: Anine Kilian     30th May 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe will conclude the nationwide community consultations on the Mining Charter in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday. He has had ten consultations across the country to gather input from stakeholders on the charter before it is finalised in June. 

'CLEAN' COAL?:

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2018 Water pours from an excavator bucket as coal is extracted from below the water's surface at an opencast mine in India. Taken four years ago, this picture of drenched coal arising out of a water-filled pit is indicative of the potential environmental mixing and matching that can occur with mining.... 

Copper coil device to clean contaminated water, field trials under way

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     18th May 2018 Nonprofit organisation promoting copper use in Africa the Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) is the sponsor of field tests being conducted for a copper coil device that can clean contaminated water. The device has been in development since 2013. Medical company Infection Control Africa... 

Salary disparities between workers and executives worry ANC – Mabuza

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 Deputy President David Mabuza on Tuesday said South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) was deeply concerned about the major imbalances between the incomes of workers in South Africa in comparison with those who occupy executive positions. "The ANC is very concerned about the... 

Goal driven and competitive South African manufacturing can up the stakes in global competitiveness

28th March 2018 Manufacturing Indaba, the foremost Manufacturing event in sub-Saharan Africa and with its strategic partners, the dti and the Manufacturing Circle has grown exponentially, and now in its 5th year, is considered to be the leading manufacturing business platform. Manufacturing Indaba has relocated... 

Aucor commemorates its 50 years in business

19th March 2018 From humble beginnings in 1968, Aucor has grown into one of the most successful and experienced auction houses in southern Africa and the company is proudly celebrating its 50th birthday in 2018.   “This is an exciting time for Aucor to be celebrating its success and achievements over the past 50... 

African Rainbow Minerals ups earnings, declares dividend

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 Diversified black-led mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Friday announced a 15% increase in headline earnings for the six months to December 31 to R1 945 million. This increase was mainly as a result of improved headline earnings from the manganese division, ARM Coal, Modikwa... 

Colenso power project set for construction in 2019

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 The development of the greenfield Colenso anthracite coal mining project, in KwaZulu-Natal - primarily earmarked to supply the coal-fired Colenso power station currently in the planning phase - is expected to start next year at an estimated cost of R410-million, says coal mining and independent... 

RBM continues work on Zulti South, sees markets improve

16th March 2018 Work has continued on the feasibility study for the Zulti South mine expansion project at Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in South Africa, which has the potential to maintain RBM’s low-cost smelting capacity and zircon production, diversified miner Rio Tinto reported in its 2017 full year results... 

Afrimat Construction Index ticks up, but talks on land may dampen mood

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2018 The 2017 fourth quarter results of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) show an upward trend, broadly in line with the uptick in South Africa’s gross domestic product. After reaching an eight-quarter high of 127 at the end of 2016, the ACI declined for two successive quarters before recovering in... 

JG Afrika appoints new executive associate and associate

6th March 2018 Sanjay Maharaj has been promoted to an executive associate and Bobby Jarratt an executive at JG Afrika by partners of this leading South African consultancy. Maharaj has been with the company for more than 15 years, during which time he has earned a solid reputation for helping provide water to... 

JG Afrika supports KZN Wetlands Forum in devising a solution for endangered wetlands

21st February 2018 This year’s World Wetlands Day (2 February) was celebrated in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, by bringing together community leaders, municipalities, state departments, scientists and industry to discuss a workable solution to the rapidly declining water levels in the area. This includes... 

M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 The Power & Water business platform within JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is beginning to shift its attention from Eskom’s two megascale power station projects, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively, to tackling a range of smaller opportunities in various... 

Alan Waller

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Alan Waller, CEO of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal, which loaded a record 76.47-million tonnes of seaborne coal in the 2017 calandar year. 

Richards Bay zone woos investors at Cape Town's Mining Indaba

By: African News Agency      8th February 2018 The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) went on a charm offensive at the Mining Indaba held in Cape Town to woo local and international investors seeking export and import opportunities in KwaZulu-Natal province. RBIDZ acting manager for business development and support, Mzamo... 

Record-breaking year for Richards Bay Coal Terminal

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Despite a loss of 38 days to bad weather, 2017 has been a record-breaking year for South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) in KwaZulu-Natal, which loaded a record 76.47-million tonnes of South African-mined coal in the 12 months to the end of December. The private sector terminal, which... 

Civil engineering solutions provider secures new contracts

26th January 2018 Civil engineering solutions provider Concor Infrastructure, formerly known as Murray & Roberts Infrastructure, is well positioned to take advantage of the recent increase in optimism in the mining space, with company representatives poised to attend the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba in... 

Steve Haggerty

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Steve Haggerty, distinguished research professor, Florida International University (FIU) in the US, who has found diamond deposits in Liberia and who researches kimberlites 

Concor Infrastructure Boosts Order Book With New Contracts

5th December 2017 Concor Infrastructure recently secured two significant contracts in the mining sector, and managing director, Eric Wisse, says the company, formerly known as Murray & Roberts Infrastructure, is well positioned to take advantage of the recently increased optimism in the mining space. As part of... 

Rotek And Komatsu Keep The Home Lights Burning

29th November 2017 Claudius Martin, the Plant Service Manager of the Bulk Material Supplies (BMS) division of Eskom subsidiary Rotek, is responsible for the care and maintenance of machines vital to the management of power station stockyards. “Our goal is to keep the lights on,” he says, in a simple statement that... 

CoAL considers name change, secures approval for Makhado Lite strategy

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th October 2017 Triple-listed Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) is reviewing potential second cash generator prospects, the disposal of further noncore assets and a rationalisation of the bourses on which it is listed as it continues restructuring its balance sheet. This followed the acquisition of the Uitkomst... 

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