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Machine purchase increases fleet, strengthens partnership

11th May 2018 Last month equipment supplier Epiroc delivered three FlexiROC D65 surface drill rigs to Northern Cape-based drilling specialists Booysen Bore. The delivery has increased Booysen Bore’s total drilling machine fleet to 51, while the addition of the new machines has strengthened the relationship... 

Horomela expedites exploration programme, expects resource estimate

By: Nadine James     6th April 2018 Aspiring base metals exploration and mining junior Horomela Mining Investment & Resources has started its exploration programmes on various licences, including its Steinkopf 22, Naroep and Aggeneys zinc licences, all in the Northern Cape. The company expects to produce an exploration results... 

Orion on track to develop Prieska zinc/copper project

By: Anine Kilian     15th September 2017 ASX-listed Orion Minerals, which will list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Monday, is focused on fast -tracking the development of its Northern Cape-based Prieska zinc/copper project. The company plans to leverage the secondary listing to open up more efficient local funding options through... 

Small diamond mines running into trouble, diamond beneficiation being put at risk, hopes rising for platinum Mandela coin

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2017 Four small diamond mines have closed in as many months, Soouth Africa's diamond cuting and polishing industry is being put at risk by a bewildering Ministerial decision and hopes rising for trhe minting of a Mandela coin in platinum. 

CompComm approves Afrimat, Diro deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2016 The Competition Commission on Monday approved JSE-listed Afrimat’s intention to acquire Diro Iron Ore and Diro Manganese. The construction company is marking its entry into the manganese and iron-ore mining sector through the R276-million majority stake in Diro’s distressed assets. 

BlueRock raises funds to restart Kareevlei

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 To progress plans at its Kareevlei mine, Aim-listed diamond miner BlueRock Diamonds has raised £750 000, before expenses, through an equity placing. It placed 16.87-million new ordinary shares at 4p apiece and secured an extension to its existing convertible loan note. The funds will be used to... 

Rapid Armor - Liner Management System

28th October 2016 The revolutionary liner maintenance system from developer Rapid Armor is designed to change the way in which maintenance is performed on liner systems in mining and quarrying plants.  This system raises the bar for maintenance efficiency, plant utilisation, cost reduction and, most importantly,... 

Vedanta-supported mobile clinic screens hundreds for various diseases

By: Dylan Slater     28th October 2016 Northern Cape-based zinc, lead, silver and copper mining operation Black Mountain Mining (BMM) – an operation of diversified natural resources company Vedanta – assisted more than 600 vulnerable people without access to private health care to receive “life saving” early detection of breast,... 

Afrimat buys controlling stake in distressed Diro

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2016 JSE-listed Afrimat is marking its entry into the manganese and iron-ore mining sector with its latest acquisition of a majority stake in Diro’s distressed assets for R276-million. The firm on Tuesday said it was acquiring 60% of Northern Cape-based Diro Manganese and Diro Iron Ore, the operations... 

Tango sells South African diamond mine for $3m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th March 2016 TSX-V-listed Tango Mining has agreed to sell subsidiary African Star Minerals, which owns the Northern Cape-based Oena diamond mine, to South Africa-registered Bothma Diamante for $3-million. The transaction, for which Tango received a binding offer, comprised two stages, with Stage 1 comprising... 

Fatigue-monitoring COP welcomed  

By: Pimani Baloyi     21st May 2015 Fatigue-management advocacy company Fatigue Sharks and technology developer Prism Services have welcomed the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) code of practice (COP) on risk based fatigue management, which requires miners to compile and implement a code to monitor and take fatigue into... 

N Cape manganese mine exports 2 Mt of ore to become among world’s largest

By: Natalie Greve     11th February 2015 Broad-based black economic-empowerment group Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining’s Northern Cape-based manganese mine, Tshipi Borwa, has become the fifth-largest manganese mine in the world after doubling its first-year production volumes to export two-million tons of semicarbonate medium-grade... 

Expansion projects progressing well

By: Dylan Slater     12th December 2014 The C-Cut expansion project at diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ Gauteng-based Cullinan diamond mine is 50% complete in terms of the physical development work and the capital expenditure, the miner tells Mining Weekly. 

Enviro solutions supplier secures iron-ore contract

By: David Oliveira     5th December 2014 South African ferrochrome producer Assmang’s Beeshoek iron-ore mine ordered two additional Dry Mist dust suppression water mist systems – manufactured by mist technology provider Telesto Mist Systems – from environmental management company I-Cat in September, following I-Cat’s successful design,... 

RFID systems eliminate water waste at mines

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th August 2014 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions has installed six radio-frequency identification (RFID) and electronic camera (E-Cam) systems to monitor water bowsers at a Northern Cape-based iron-ore mine to eliminate water spillage, and will roll this out to the remaining 12... 

Mitigating the environmental effects of opencast mining

By: Carina Borralho     9th May 2014 Opencast mining operations in South Africa remain one of the industry’s main contributors to short- and long-term environmental damage, as they have a direct and cumulative impact on the air, water, soil and visual quality of the environment surrounding opencast mines, says Johannesburg-based... 

VBKom

By: Samantha Herbst     11th April 2014 Placing a high premium on employing dynamic and knowledgeable engineers and scientists, Gauteng-based mining consultancy VBKom provides a professional technical service to Africa’s mining industry, with specific focus on geology and mining engineering. Having established a Namibia-based branch in... 

Mining growth in Africa impacts on remote site accommodation demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th March 2014 Remote site turnkey services provider and camp site construction group Africamp Services completed a mine site accommodation project in Guinea, where it is aggressively establishing itself to take advantage of the growing requirement in the West African region, and will complete another one in... 

Assore doubles H1 earnings, declares dividend

By: Natalie Greve     12th February 2014 JSE-listed mining holding company Assore has increased its headline earnings for the six months to December 31 by a dramatic 119.4% to R2.4-billion, largely on the back of a 104.4% earnings jump by its 50%-owned subsidiary Assmang, which posted headline earnings of R4.3-billion for the period.... 

Petra’s Finsch mine helps to boost FY production 21%

By: Natalie Greve     30th July 2013 London-listed Petra Diamonds increased its production by 21% to 2.67-million carats in the 2013 financial year and said on Tuesday that output was expected to climb to between 2.9-million carats and 3-million carats in 2014. The Northern Cape-based Finsch mine has gone some way towards justifying... 

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