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High Court lifts interim order against MC Mining's Makhado project

By: African News Agency      18th June 2018 MC Mining, previously known as Coal of Africa, on Monday said it welcomed a high court decision to lift an interim order against the company's environmental authorisation for the Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project. The court had in 2014 granted the Vhembe Mineral Stakeholders Forum and... 

Botswana coal miner sees opportunity in regional shortages

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Botswana’s sole operating coal mine will increase output almost threefold within seven years as it eyes export opportunities created by a shortage of the fuel that’s used to fire most of southern Africa’s power plants. Morupule Coal Mine in the east of the country will ramp up annual production... 

SOUTH AFRICA'S BIGGEST IRON-ORE MINE:

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2018 This opencast Sishen iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape, which is operated by the Anglo American-controlled Kumba Iron Ore, is the biggest iron-ore operation in South Africa. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Kumba hopes to extend Sishen’s life-of-mine beyond its remaining 13 years through... 

Commission approves NBC, ECM merger without conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2018 The Competition Commission has approved the proposed transaction, whereby newly-incorporated company North Block Complex (NBC) intends to acquire Exxaro Coal Mpumalanga (ECM) in respect of its mining and processing business, the transferred business, without conditions. The transferred business,... 

Miners halt dividend payouts, stay-in-business capex as price languishes in the doldrums

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 The once burgeoning platinum industry that in the recent past benefited from a years-long upswing in commodity demand and prices is now failing to recover from the global economic depression that heralded the end of its glory days and shut many smaller operators down. In the wake of the 2008... 

Miners halt dividend payouts, stay-in-business capex as price languishes in the doldrums

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 The once burgeoning platinum industry that in the recent past benefited from a years-long upswing in commodity demand and prices is now failing to recover from the global economic depression that heralded the end of its glory days and shut many smaller operators down. In the wake of the 2008... 

African Sun Mining pursues opportunities at Junior Indaba

By: Donald Makhafola     25th May 2018 Owing to the current high prices of commodities, wholly black-owned, Pretoria-based opencast mining contractor African Sun Mining hopes to liaise with mining companies, which are prepared to start new projects, during this year’s Junior Indaba to be held from June 5 to 6 at the Johannesburg... 

'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.... 

Comprehensive package facilitates fugitive dust management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2018 Fugitive dust emissions pose risks to mining companies, surrounding communities and the receiving environment, and require proper management to mitigate their effects, and environmental management company I-CAT is well poised to do so through its comprehensive solution offering. I-CAT... 

Communities oppose West Wits gold project

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 ASX-listed exploration and development company West Wits Mining’s South African subsidiary West Wits Mining MLI (West Wits MLI) is facing resistance from some of the affected communities surrounding the West Wits Mining Project (WWMP), located west of the Johannesburg Central Business District... 

Company moves to introduce new haulers for mining industry

11th May 2018 Engineering support services company Babcock is preparing to introduce a new line-up of rigid haulers into the mining, opencast and quarrying sector in Southern Africa. The new line-up follows vehicle manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment’s (Volvo CE’s) announcement earlier this year that it... 

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... 

Exploration company claims Botswana coal mines to become preferred supplier

11th May 2018 Botswana is set to play a more significant role in both the domestic and African coal industries, says coal exploration and emerging coal mining company Minergy, claiming that the company is ideally placed to become the preferred supplier to coal consumers across Southern Africa. The company... 

Manufacturer adds products to existing line aimed at mining industry

11th May 2018 Automotive chip manufacturer VBox Africa, a division of automotive chip installer Automotive Technology Specialists (ATS), has added a range of measurement and control products to its range that is aimed specifically at the local mining industry. By combining new hardware and software, VBox... 

Autonomous mining vehicle test at SA coal mine successfully completed

By: Victor Moolman     11th May 2018 A global truck manufacturer in cooperation with multinational networking systems provider Cisco, has successfully completed a proof of concept (PoC) for autonomous mining trucks at an opencast coal mine in South Africa. Speaking at an In2IT networking event in Sandton, Johannesburg, Cisco... 

New opencast mining monitoring products introduced

11th May 2018 Mining equipment manufacturer and geotechnical slope stability monitoring radar systems supplier Reutech Mining introduced two new products, the Slope Vision georeferenced camera system and Movement and the Surveying Radar (MSR) Connect software suite, at the Slope Stability 2018 symposium and... 

Ethiopia suspends gold mining firm's licence after weeks of protests

By: Reuters     10th May 2018 Ethiopia has suspended a gold mining firm's licence after weeks of protests in a town near the mine by local people who accuse the company of polluting their source of water and the atmosphere, a government official said. "The ministry suspended the licence in response to the demands of the... 

Feasibility into zinc smelting, refining in Northern Cape

By: Martin Creamer     2nd May 2018 A feasibility study into the development and construction of a zinc smelter-refinery complex in the Northern Cape is under way, London-listed India-based Vedanta subsidiary Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) said on Wednesday. This is the latest step in the unfolding of what is envisaged as a major... 

Yanfolila ramp-up sees 9 912 oz of gold poured in March

By: Schalk Burger     30th April 2018 Aim-listed West African gold producer Hummingbird Resources has successfully ramped up gold production at its opencast Yanfolila mine and plant, in Mali, with 9 912 oz poured in March. The Yanfolila project produced 18 785 oz of gold in the quarter ended March 31, with the mine and plant... 

Concor targets larger share of infrastructure market as part of big growth push

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2018 Wholly black-owned construction group Concor, which marked its first year of operations in April, is aiming to materially increase its share of the public infrastructure market as part of an ambitious plan to increase its order book to R10-billion by 2020. The company, which has a Level 1... 

Australian-listed firm applies for permit to mine in Wits basin

By: Nadine James     20th April 2018 ASX-listed exploration and development company West Wits Mining announced last week that it had submitted two mining permit applications for the Witwatersrand Basin project (WBP) to the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), and that the company remains on schedule to lodge the WBP’s full mining... 

Services demand in Africa rising

By: Melissa Zisengwe     13th April 2018 Over the past two years, local mining engineering consultancy Ukwazi has registered a rise in demand of between 20% and 30% for its service offering across Africa. The demand can mostly be attributed to the openpit operations across South Africa and Africa, but also to openpit operations... 

BME launches new emulsion brand, eyeing North American market

By: Nadine James     6th April 2018 After three decades of advancement in its emulsion offerings, South Africa-based explosives leader BME is subsuming its well-known brands such as HEF, and Megapump under the name of Innovex. According to BME ammonium nitrate-based products, equipment and services product manager Dr Rakhi Pathak,... 

Wescoal’s primary objective to optimise operations, extract organic growth

By: Nadine James     28th March 2018 JSE-listed Wescoal is seeking to extract organic growth by optimising its existing operations and diversifying its revenue base, says Wescoal CFO Izak van der Walt. During a media site visit to the miner’s Elandspruit operation, on Tuesday, he noted that the acquisition of Keaton Energy, in 2017,... 

Britain refuses permission for new coal mine in northeast England

By: Reuters     23rd March 2018 The British government has refused to allow a new opencast coal mine to be built in northeastern England, the Minister for Local Government said on Friday. Northumberland County Council agreed last year that developer The Banks Group could extract three-million tonnes of coal by cutting an... 

Mining companies stepping firmly into the new world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2018 Mining companies are taking technology advances seriously. Two have stepped firmly into the world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and another two have set targets and made proposals that reflect to the credit of the industry.  

On-The-Air (16/03/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 London analysts this week stopped discounting South African share prices thanks to South Africa’s improved political outlook; A mine in the Northern Cape will be the initial beneficiary of yet another Fourth Industrial Revolution partnership clinched this week; and Hydrogen transport was this... 

Association focuses on clean coal technologies

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 While the development of clean coal energy is an imperative amid climate change, the worthwhile gains are more in the downstream use of coal than in the mining and beneficiation of raw coal, says South African coal mine research association Coaltech CEO Henk Lodewijks. He tells Mining Weekly that... 

Coal mining needs effective extraction means

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 The best process for extraction of coal depends on the geographical and geotechnical information of the deposit, says Johannesburg-based multidisciplinary engineering consulting company GO Holistic Engineering engineering consultant Kevin Jacobs. He tells Mining Weekly that South Africa's diverse... 

Liviero chooses Komatsu equipment for coal operations

16th March 2018 When mining and construction company Liviero Mining elected to increase its dozer fleet to raise output at two major coal-producing sites in Mpumalanga, at Tweefontein where the company provides contracting services for a diversified mining company Glencore and Vanggatfontein, which it manages... 

Canyon Coal hones in on SA coal projects

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 South African coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal says five new opencast and two new underground projects are at an advanced planning stage as part of the company's vision to achieve coal output of 10-million tons a year and so become a midtier coal miner by 2019. "We are also very... 

Hydrogen transport proposed for opencast mines

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology would be useful in large opencast mines, where a number of haul trucks operate in a limited radius, says RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser. Such an application could serve as a stepping stone to the realisation of the value of hydrogen technology in... 

Zone valves provide effective fire protection, reduce system cost

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Fire-protection equipment supplier Fire & Security Techniques (FST) has introduced its Fire-Eater ZSV-25 local zone valve (ZSV-25) to the local market for use in systems where multiple zones in mines are protected by one fire-extinguishing cylinder bank.  

Universal Coal acquires stake in third operation

By: Nadine James     8th March 2018 ASX-listed Universal Coal has, through a 49% owned subsidiary, entered into an agreement to buy Exxaro Coal’s North Block Complex assets, in Mpumalanga. Universal and joint venture partner Ndalamo Resource have recently established a new company North Block Complex Proprietary Limited (NBC) to... 

Big growth plans for 15-year strong company

1st March 2018 From humble beginnings in the opencast coal mines of Witbank, in Mpumalanga, fluid handling solutions provider Industrial Fluid Solutions (IFS) now boasts distribution across South Africa, through a network of resellers.  Focused on servicing the mining sector, IFS intends to build its presence... 

Mogalakwena gushes cash as Amplats modernises, studies growth, advances fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2018 The Mogalakwena platinum mine lived up to its reputation of being the most profitable platinum group metals (PGM) mine on the planet when it gushed cash and elevated a modernising, community supporting, environment protecting, growth studying and fuel-cell marketing Anglo American Platinum... 

Bauba launches Moeijelijk underground chrome development

By: Anine Kilian     19th February 2018 JSE-listed Bauba Platinum officially launched the underground development phase of its Moeijelijk chrome mine, in Limpopo, on Friday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online, CEO Nick van der Hoven said the mine, which is set to create about 400 direct and indirect jobs by December, has already started... 

Abandoned mines punted as potential pumped-storage scheme sites

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th February 2018 Several abandoned mine sites in South Africa and Australia could be sustainably used, particularly in terms of serving as pumped hydro-energy storage sites, says renewable-energy generation and storage provider Genex Power executive director Simon Kidston. Although underground and opencast mine... 

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