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London court hears Vedanta's challenge to Zambian villagers' pollution claim

By: Reuters     6th July 2017 London's Court of Appeal began hearing legal arguments on Wednesday into whether Zambian villagers have the right to make a claim for damages for environmental pollution in the English courts against miners Vedanta Resources and its Zambian subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM). The companies are... 

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2017 Strong new thrusts are planned for next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is scheduled to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, once again to support investment in mining companies operating in Africa and to provide an effective platform... 

Transnet insists bond appetite remains as it again lowers capex forecast 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd July 2017 State-owned logistics group Transnet has sought to refute reports that demand for its bonds had collapsed following the recent downgrades to South Africa’s credit rating, insisting that appetite for its bonds remains strong both domestically and internationally. CFO Garry Pita said the reports... 

Africa's richest man may quit Ethiopia over mining dispute

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2017 Dangote Cement, controlled by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, said it may shut its operations in Ethiopia if authorities in the central state of Oromia don’t reverse an order to cement makers to hand over control of some parts of their businesses to local young people. Oromia state’s East... 

Erin Energy targets Oyo-9 drilling completion by year-end

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2017 The start of drilling operations at dual-listed Erin Energy’s Oyo-9 development well, in Nigeria, are planned for July, with a targeted completion date before year-end. This follows the signing of a $15-million drilling contract with Pacific Drilling, in March, for the use of its sixth-generation... 

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... 

Africa’s overreliance on extractive industries hampering sustainable development

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd June 2017 Economic history has shown that without diversification into manufacturing and services and away from simple resource extraction, the long term development prospects of countries are always bleak. The need for economic diversification in the Africa is high, more so given that the growth cycle is... 

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... 

Analysts paint sparkling picture of coloured gemstone market

By: Ilan Solomons     28th April 2017 The shift from small-scale artisanal mining to larger mechanised mining, owing to the increasing involvement of larger mining companies and greater formalisation of the sector, is expected to increase the distribution channel of the coloured gemstone industry, which will continue to consolidate... 

Analysts paint sparkling picture of coloured gemstone market

By: Ilan Solomons     28th April 2017 The shift from small-scale artisanal mining to larger mechanised mining owing to the increasing involvement of larger mining companies and greater formalisation of the sector is expected to increase the distribution channel of the coloured gemstone industry, which will continue to consolidate, as... 

Africa urged to transform dependence on commodities

By: African News Agency      25th April 2017 Even as the world emerges from the worst of the global commodity price meltdown, African countries were urged on Tuesday to make the most of the next upward cycle to diversify and industrialise away from over-reliance on exports of raw materials. In a statement, Dr Martyn Davies, Deloitte... 

Despite slower growth, China still key market for miners and Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There can be no doubt that, for the past two decades-and-a-half or so, the biggest single influence on the global mining industry has been China. Between 2002 and 2012, that country experienced an annual average real gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 10.4%, compared with India’s 7.6%,... 

Despite slower growth, China still key market for miners and Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There can he no doubt that, for the past two decades-and-a-half or so, the biggest single influence on the global mining industry has been China. Between 2002 and 2012 that country experienced an annual average real gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 10.4%, as against India’s 7.6%, the... 

2017 important for industry growth in Nigeria

By: Johane Turkstra     14th April 2017 With the introduction of the Nigerian mining-growth roadmap, 2017 will be an important year for sector development and industry growth in the country, and Mining Investment Africa endeavours to be part of this engine of growth, says event organiser Spire Events MD Daniel Radziszewski. The... 

Floating accommodation for oil, mining projects

     31st March 2017 UK-based accommodation provider Bibby Maritime believes its floating accommodation barges could be an efficient solution for the housing of mineworkers in the future, as the units are comfortable, cost effective and can be moored alongside any berth or quay, making them ideal for projects in... 

Nigeria now producing enough cement for domestic market, export

By: Dylan Slater     31st March 2017 The Nigerian government has officially confirmed that the country has attained self-sufficiency in cement production and is exporting the commodity.  

Slag use in building system offers multiple benefits

     31st March 2017 Alternative construction system company Moladi has developed a means of incorporating mine slag into its Moladi mix, offering mining companies a viable method for recycling their waste material and reduced construction costs when developing mine-site accommodation. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Africa needs nuclear energy – Rosatom 

By: Keith Campbell     30th March 2017 Sub-Saharan Africa has a real need for, and rapidly growing interest in, nuclear power. This was affirmed by Rosatom International Network Regional VP: Sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov at the Nuclear Africa 2017 conference on Wednesday. Rusatom International Network is part of Russia's... 

Errant DMR failing to act in best interests of the people of South Africa

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2017 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is failing to act in the best economic interests of the people of South Africa by continually trying to organise a separate kingdom for itself. Those currently leading the DMR are painting themselves into a corner in a manner that is going to hurt this... 

Power & Electricity World Africa 2017

     9th March 2017 Africa’s largest power and electricity show - Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 celebrates its 20th anniversary. The show welcomes over 7000 attendees and hosts a mecca of solution providers spanning 3 halls and thousands of square meters. Taking place in Johannesburg South Africa, this is a... 

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. 

Barclays Africa plans Kenya gold ETF listing early this year

By: Chanel de Bruyn     27th February 2017 Barclays Africa Group is preparing to list its NewGold ETF on the Nairobi Securities Exchange after receiving regulatory approval to begin trading the securities. “We expect the listing to take place early this year,’’ Michael Mgwaba, head of exchange traded products at Johannesburg-based... 

The power of innovative engineering: The biggest LOESCHE mill type LM 70.4+4 CS in successful operation with the new COPE drive

     14th February 2017 The LOESCHE mill type LM 70.4+4 CS in operation with the new COPE drive at the cement plant Mfamosing The United Cement Company of Nigeria (Ltd), UNICEM, successfully commissioned their new cement plant 2 at Mfamosing, in Cross River State, Nigeria. LOESCHE received the order for two vertical... 

Mining Indaba remains pivotal to Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd February 2017 The mineral resources sector remains “critically important” to the African continent, which is why the Investing in African Mining Indaba has consistently been regarded as an event of “paramount significance”, says Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose. This is also a key motivation for the at least 24... 

Mining Indaba remains pivotal to Africa 

By: Ilan Solomons     27th January 2017 The mineral resources sector remains “critically important” to the African continent, which is why the Investing in African Mining Indaba has consistently been regarded as an event of “paramount significance”, says Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose. This is also a key motivation for the at least 24... 

Coal row Down Under has lessons for Africa

     27th January 2017 he If Donald Trump scares you, look away now. The row over fossil fuels and 'clean coal' that some say won him the election has surfaced in Australia. And it resonates in the European Union (EU) and Africa. Last year Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull went to the polls, defeating the... 

Mining Indaba remains pivotal to Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     27th January 2017 The mineral resources sector remains “critically important” to the African continent, which is why the Investing in African Mining Indaba has consistently been regarded as an event of “paramount significance”, says Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose. This is also a key motivation for the at least 24... 

Nigeria gets pat on the back for promoting accountable management of natural resources

By: Ilan Solomons     27th January 2017 Nigeria’s efforts to improve natural resource governance through the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Standard were recognised earlier this month by the international EITI board. The EITI is a global standard to promote open and accountable management of natural resources. 

Investors still confident of return on investment in Africa

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 The level of investment activity in Africa is still good, but there are high risks involved, says legal firm Hogan Lovells. Despite these risks, various investors remain confident in the return on investment that Africa can offer and are subsequently taking greater risks, but Hogan Lovells... 

Nigeria plan to link mines to steel mill seen as Buhari test

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2017 Nigeria’s plan to build a railway to supply iron-ore to its idle Ajaokuta steel plant could be the biggest sign yet that President Muhammadu Buhari is implementing his policy to diversify away from oil. The project began in 1979 with what the World Bank in 2002 called obsolete Soviet technology,... 

Independent report exposes Unctad study on South Africa’s gold misinvoicing as ‘flawed’ – CoM

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th December 2016 A report commissioned by the Chamber of Mines (CoM), following reports by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) that alleged South Africa’s mining industry systematically indulged in fraudulent misinvoicing to evade taxes and other legal obligations, has found the Unctad... 

South Africa, Nigeria adopt two-year action plan on cooperation in mining

By: African News Agency      14th December 2016 South African Mineral Resources Minister, Mosebenzi Zwane and his Nigerian counterpart, Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday endorsed a two-year action plan for the implementation of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the fields of geology, mining and mineral processing. Both ministers... 

Copper mining offers growth opportunity to dust suppressant supplier

By: Nadine James     2nd December 2016 Johannesburg-based nanotechnology provider Cruze Holdings expects to secure more work from African copper mining operations as its products generate savings by ensuring companies spend less on their existing road dust suppression measures. The company may double its mining revenue within the next... 

Iron-ore consumption dependent on population and economic development

By: Kimberley Smuts     2nd December 2016 The biggest potential for growth in the iron-ore industry lies with countries in the ‘Next 20’, which refers to the 20 growing non-Bric bloc developing economies, including Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mexico, Philippines, and several sub-Saharan African nations, including Nigeria, Ethiopia,... 

Trump victory hits the war on coal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd December 2016 By Geoff Hill There was promise in the air: a climate change meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, the same week as the White House was set to be won by Hillary Clinton and a team in tune with calls for a curb on coal.   In early November, more than 10 000 delegates and activists were in Morocco for the... 

Legislative uncertainty, tougher regulations plague Africa’s mining sector

By: Ilan Solomons     25th November 2016 Mine developers and the providers of capital are facing a “regulatory tsunami” imposed by traditional investee countries in Africa, combined with frequently uncertain internal regulatory regimes, says banking group Nedbank Capital mining and metals head Paul Miller. Miller remarks that with the... 

Regulatory certainty could boost industry growth in Africa

By: Victor Moolman     25th November 2016 African oil and gas extraction operations are dealing with the effects of a lower oil price – at $46.90/ bl as opposed to $139.05/bl in 2008 – high operational costs because of accessibility, the slowdown in economic activity and, consequently, lower oil and gas demand. 

SA still mid- and downstream orientated

By: Victor Moolman     25th November 2016 The South African oil and gas industry remains largely mid- and downstream orientated, with processing, petrochemicals and distribution driving the majority of activity, says event organiser Daily Mail & General Exhibition Management Services (dmg ems) Africa. However, dmg ems explains that the... 

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