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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... 

Streaming, royalty agreements novel alternative funding structures for coal juniors

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd February 2018 Streaming and royalty agreements are novel financing structures that are useful in medium-risk environments, says legal services provider Strata Legal director Brandon Irsigler. Speaking at the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, on Friday, he highlighted royalty and... 

Harmony gets shareholder go-ahead for Moab Khotsong acquisition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st February 2018 JSE-listed Harmony Gold Mining's shareholders have given a 99.6% approval of the miner's plans to acquire mining operations and related infrastructure from AngloGold Ashanti. The $300-million deal will include the Moab Khotsong mine, one of the newest South African deep-level mines, with... 

Tharisa entering multi-project PGM-chrome growth phase

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome co-producer Tharisa Minerals, which predicts that a global chrome ore deficit is on the horizon, has published details of its strategic Vision 2020 growth thrust. “Tharisa is entering an exciting growth phase,” CEO Phoevos Pouroulis said in the release to... 

Higher coal prices lift MC Mining’s Q2 revenues

By: Dylan Slater     31st January 2018 Improved international coal prices and a weaker rand contributed to higher revenue for JSE-, ASX- and Aim-listed MC Mining in the second quarter of the current financial year.  

Chrome ore supply deficit ahead – Tharisa

By: Martin Creamer     30th January 2018 Platinum-group metals (PGMs) and chrome coproducer Tharisa Minerals CEO Phoevos Pouroulis is predicting a shortage of chrome ore supply in the short to medium term, driven by burgeoning stainless steel demand. Chrome ore is fundamental to the manufacture of stainless steel, demand for which is... 

Randgold expects record-breaking year at Loulo-Gounkoto

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2018 Randgold Resources on Tuesday said it expects to report another record production performance at its Loulo-Gounkoto gold mining complex, in Mali, for 2017. In the tailwinds of record performance in 2016, when some 707 116 oz of gold was produced, gold output in 2017 from the complex was on track... 

Wind of change sees DMR grant prospecting licences to De Beers 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2018 After a two-year procrastination, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has approved 16 prospecting licence applications submitted by De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM). The licences are all in the Kimberley area of the Northern Cape, where DBCM began mining diamonds 130 years ago. (Also... 

Consultancy to partner with black entrants as they acquire Tier 1 coal assets

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA is once again answering the call for transformation and broader economic participation of previously disadvantaged South Africans. The company’s latest initiative is black entrepreneur development in coal, which will be its key focus... 

Consultancy to partner with black entrants as they acquire Tier 1 coal assets 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA is once again answering the call for transformation and broader economic participation of previously disadvantaged South Africans. The company’s latest initiative is black entrepreneur development in coal, which will be its key focus... 

Liviero Mining buys mobile lighting system fleet to light up opencast operations

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th January 2018 In addition to marketing its specialist range of crushing and screening products, crushing and screening specialist Pilot Crushtec International has made significant strides in the marketing of its Generac range of Tower Light mobile lighting systems, which has resulted in major mining contractor... 

Opencast mining tyre safety increased with use of up to 98% pure nitrogen

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 On-site nitrogen generator supplier NitraLife has supplied numerous opencast mines across Southern Africa with nitrogen generators, and has noticed increased nitrogen use to inflate large off-the-road (OTR) tyres of mining vehicles. The company has established its client base in the region over... 

Glencore issues invitation to tender for supply of steel to South African mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th January 2018 Diversified miner Glencore has issued an invitation to tender for the supply of leach vats structural steel at its opencast Rhovan mine, near Brits, in the North West, in South Africa. Interested parties have until January 24 to register, with a site meeting scheduled for January 25. 

Tharisa enters 2018 with a bang

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2018 The market fundamentals for chrome remain sound with continued growth forecast for the global stainless steel industry, Tharisa said on Wednesday, when it reported a strong operational performance in the three months to December 31. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed chrome and platinum group... 

Retrenched Gupta mine employees fail to receive pay

By: Martin Creamer     22nd December 2017 Forty-four people retrenched from the Shiva Uranium Mine in North West belonging to the Gupta company Oakbay have failed to receive expected December pay that formed part of an agreed retrenchment package, Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Maritha Coetzee told Mining Weekly Online on Friday.... 

BME’s West African footprint expands as it clinches Mali blasting service contract

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 West Africa remains an exciting region for South Africa-based explosives and blasting leader BME, which has won a full blasting service contract for a new opencast gold mining operation that is set to become the largest producer in Mali. From 2006 to 2015, 18 mines were opened in the region,... 

Liviero Mining Chooses Komatsu For Performance, Efficiency And Cost

     14th December 2017 Jan Steyn, Plant Director at Liviero Mining, was one of a number of executives from major South African mining and construction houses that recently returned from an intensive fact-finding visit to Komatsu headquarters in Japan. Liviero Mining is a subsidiary of the Liviero Group, widely... 

Underground mining revival triggers equipment manufacturing investments

By: Ajoy K Das     8th December 2017 With green shoots emerging in the underground mining sector, a slew of Indian companies are looking to tap into opportunities by building new domestic underground equipment manufacturing capacity. For one, an Indian consortium of companies is resurrecting Mining and Allied Machinery Corporation... 

Harmony Gold spells out value of Moab investment

By: Martin Creamer     6th December 2017 The acquisition of the Moab Khotsong gold mine represents a significant list of advantages for Harmony Gold, the company outlined in an investor brief on Wednesday. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed gold mining company calculates that inclusion of the Moab Khotsong operations the company... 

On-The-Air (01/12/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2017 A top French company flew into South Africa this week to herald a new technology era for mining; Australian mining company South32 will begin spending R4.3-billion this month on a life extension coal project in Mpumalanga; and The Australians this week came up with an earlier-than-expected... 

South32 okays R4.3bn project, eyes JSE for rejigged energy coal 

By: Martin Creamer     27th November 2017 Diversified mining and metals company South32 on Monday approved the R4.3-billion, 20-year Klipspruit life extension project at South Africa Energy Coal (SAEC), and at the same time set out to turn its South African energy coal business into a standalone entity, earmarked for further empowerment... 

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