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New tech ensures safety at underground mines

2nd November 2018 With the death toll in South African mines this year having reached 54, dynamic company Advanced Communications has sourced advanced radios, which use the mine’s existing metallic and conductive infrastructure, to create reliable communication paths underground that extend for kilometres. Mine... 

Hesteel Group acquires Palabora Mining Company’s holding company

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2017 The Competition Tribunal has approved a large merger between Hesteel International Holding Company, Hesteel Group, Xuanhua Construction Machinery and Smart Union Resources Hong Kong (SUHK), without conditions. The target firm, SUHK, is an investment holding company based in Hong Kong that... 

Gem Diamonds appoints new chairperson

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th April 2017 Aim-listed Gem Diamonds has appointed Harry Kenyon-Slaney as its chairperson and an independent nonexecutive director, effective after June 6, succeeding Roger Davis, who will be stepping down. "I am delighted to be handing the chairmanship on to Kenyon-Slaney whose experience, knowledge and... 

Mechanical drives supplied for block cave mine development

By: Sascha Solomons     7th October 2016 Industrial components and technical expertise solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has supplied seven external mechanical drives for the Lift II extension project at Palabora Mining Company subsidiary Palabora Copper’s mine through South Africa-based project management and design... 

Women in mining urged to overcome petty differences to achieve ‘great things’

By: Ilan Solomons     17th June 2016 Women in mining (WIM) must overcome their “petty” differences to ensure that they achieve great things in the local mining industry, states Limpopo-based copper miner Palabora Mining Company human resources development and training manager Sisiwe Mthethwa. She told delegates at training and... 

Mine orders two additional chillers as it reaches 1 700 m depth

By: Dylan Slater     16th October 2015 Limpopo-based copper miner Palabora Mining Company (PMC) acquired two additional 3 500 kW York CYK compound centrifugal chillers in December 2014 from diversified technology company Johnson Controls Building Efficiency.  

Palabora employees expected back at work on Friday

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th August 2015 Limpopo-based Palabora Copper expected its employees to report for duty on Friday, after the company resolved issues with the communities that brought operations to a standstill a week ago. Ba-Phalaborwa community members embarked on an illegal protest last week, leading to the suspension of the... 

Palabora operations hit by wave of protests 

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th August 2015 Limpopo-based Palabora Copper on Tuesday confirmed that operations at its copper mine, in Phalaborwa, had been halted since Friday night, as Ba-Phalaborwa community members embarked on violence and intimidation sparked by what the company claimed was propaganda. Corporate affairs manager Hulisani... 

R95 million saved in SA copper mine’s energy costs

13th July 2015 South Africa’s mining industry is facing challenges that range from pressures on commodity prices through to increasing costs of simply getting ore out of the ground. A primary concern for mining companies is the spiralling costs of energy - and when you have an annual electricity bill that is... 

Johnson Controls sells two more chillers to copper miner

By: Ilan Solomons     5th June 2015 Technology group Johnson Controls has sold refined copper producer Palabora Mining Company’s subsidiary, Palabora Copper, two more 3 500 kW York CYK compound centrifugal chillers. The next two chillers will be assembled and commissioned in early 2016 by a Johnson Controls team, with a Palabora... 

Underground lab cuts copper analysis turnaround time at Palabora

By: Natalie Greve     27th May 2015 Analytical chemistry specialists Set Point Laboratories has been awarded a contract to manage and operate a newly established underground laboratory at the Palabora Mining Company in Limpopo, enabling closer monitoring of ore copper concentrations as the operation moves to a new mining level. Set... 

New shaft drilling method under development

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th April 2015 Body copy: Raiseboring and drilling services group Master Drilling is evaluating the possibility of drilling a shaft without bottom access, which could bring about “a radical change” in the industry, executive director Koos Jordaan tells Mining Weekly. He explains that, traditionally, raiseboring... 

Copper a good bet in the long term – consultancy

By: Dylan Stewart     17th April 2015 Although the copper price has weakened considerably since its cyclical peak in January 2011, many important stakeholders, such as midtier and major mining houses, are still investing in copper, says professional services firm EY mining and metals sector leader for Africa Wickus Botha. 

Work on ventilation shafts project at Palabora copper mine set to start soon

By: Ilan Solomons     20th March 2015 Raiseboring and drilling services group Master Drilling will soon start with the civil construction of a shaft collar on the first of two ventilation shafts for refined-copper producer Palabora Mining Company (PMC) at its mine, in Limpopo, Master Drilling executive director Koos Jordaan tells... 

Palabora shaft to be largest scope of raiseboring work per cubic metre

By: Anine Kilian     6th March 2015 Raise boring and drilling company Master Drilling Group was awarded a shaft construction contract with copper mine Palabora Mining Company (PMC) last month, an industry first for the mining sector. Master Drilling designed and built the RD8 raise boring machine, specifically customised for the... 

Palabora’s R9.3bn life-of-mine extension project gets shareholder nod

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th February 2015 Shareholders of Palabora Copper, a subsidiary of Palabora Mining Company, have given their approval for the R9.3-billion Lift II project that would extend the life of the Palabora mine to 2033. Lift II would involve a block-cave mine development. 

Modular Mining Systems honours Palabora Copper for using its solutions for 30 years

By: Chantelle Kotze     21st November 2014 Mine management solutions provider Modular Mining Systems last month presented a long-term client service award to refined copper producer Palabora Copper (PC), a subsidiary of Palabora Mining Company (PMC), which extracts and beneficiates copper and other by-products in the Ba-Phalaborwa area,... 

Palabora Copper awarded Level 4 BBBEE status

By: Chantelle Kotze     31st October 2014 Refined copper producer Palabora Copper (PC), a subsidiary of Palabora Mining Company (PMC), achieved a Level 4 broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) status earlier this month following an audit conducted by BBBEEE verification agency Edge Verification Solutions last month, for the year... 

Paul Thomson

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2014 Main Activity of the Company: Engineering and projects management services in the mining industry 

CoAL outlines $400m import-substituting Limpopo coal project 

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2014 Triple-listed coal junior Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) CEO David Brown on Tuesday outlined a self-funded $400-million import-substituting hard coking coal project that is scheduled to begin production at Makhado, in Limpopo province, in 2018. Presenting a narrowed cash loss of $21-million in the... 

Davies confirms plans for Chinese steel project in Limpopo 

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2014 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies confirmed on Friday that the Hebei Iron and Steel Group, of China, was set to partner with the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on the development of steelmaking capacity based on the raw material available near Phalaborwa, in South... 

Copper from other African mines can help SA industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th April 2014 As South Africa’s primary copper reserves are slowly being depleted, the country will need assistance from other African copper mines – particularly those in the Copperbelt region – for additional supply, says Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) centre director Evert Swanepoel.... 

Palabora Copper to progress Lift II project to FS stage

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd December 2013 JSE-listed Palabora Mining Company announced on Tuesday that it would provide its subsidiary Palabora Copper with R350-million in financial assistance in terms of a shareholders' agreement between the parties. The board of Palabora and Palabora Copper decided at the end of November to progress... 

Palabora will not extend consortium acquisition date

By: Natalie Greve     29th November 2013 The Palabora Mining Company (PMC) has confirmed in a statement that the closing date of the acquisition offer by a group of companies led by Rio Tinto South Africa (RTSA) would not be extended, reminding shareholders that the offer would only remain open until December 13. By accepting the share... 

Majority of PMC shareholders approve consortium share offer

By: Natalie Greve     15th November 2013 The bulk of shareholders of the Palabora Mining Company (PMC) have accepted a share purchase offer by a consortium represented by Rio Tinto South Africa (RTSA), which has resulted in RTSA now holding 96.9% of the copper producer’s share capital. The consortium, comprising South African and... 

Rural cooperatives benefit from antimicrobial copper

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2013 Social arm of the Palabora Mining Company, the Palabora Foundation, has addressed concerns raised in recent years about the potential for bacteria from marula nuts being transferred to oil extracted during the cracking process. In a novel solution, based on its experience at the local Maphutha L... 

Mining companies face challenges in Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     12th July 2013 Despite the progress of African mining operations, they also face significant challenges, global consulting firm Accenture African mining lead Duncan Sloan tells Mining Weekly. Mining operations in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are being hamstrung by a $93-billion infrastructural backlog; for one, the... 

Commission recommends conditional approval of Rio Tinto deal

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     4th July 2013 The Competition Commission has recommended conditional approval of the proposed acquistion of the entire shareholding of Rio Tinto South Africa by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and a Chinese consortium. The consortium comprised Hebei Iron and Steel Group and a Mauritius special... 

New tyre handler forklift to assist copper mine

By: Yolandi Booyens     31st May 2013 Limpopo-based copper miner Palabora Mining Company (PMC), has taken delivery of a new heavy-duty TCM 13.5 t tyre handler forklift truck, designed for demanding materials handling tasks on mines, from equipment supplier Criterion Equipment – a wholly owned subsidiary of Invicta Holdings Limited.... 

Palabora sale to China-led consortium seen as part of SA’s steel ambitions 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th December 2012 Mining majors Rio Tinto and Anglo American announced on Tuesday that they would sell a 74.5% shareholding in the Palabora Mining Company to a consortium of South African and Chinese entities in a deal valuing the JSE-listed copper and magnetite producer at R5.31-billion. South Africa’s... 

R120m pilot plant under construction to recover iron from dump

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2012 The entrepneurs that are taking steps to turn Limpopo province's mountain of magnetite to account are showing early confidence that they have cracked the code. For years metallurgists have wrestled with the challenge of extracting iron from the waste dump at Palabora Mining Company. But now... 

15/06/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2012 Billions of rands are expected to be generated from the iron in an old waste dump in Limpopo province; The Defence Force of Finland is buying more armoured cars from South Africa; and Eskom is confident that it will be able to spend at a rate of R65-billion a year for the next six years. 

Capital raising under way for Limpopo iron plant 

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2012 The raising of R800-million capital is under negotiation for the next stage of the iron-from-waste plant in South Africa’s Limpopo province, where a prototype plant is on track to be operational in the first half of 2013. This follows a major breakthrough in the process used, which is now... 

Company Announcement: Palabora Mining Company to increase life of mine with Johnson Controls chillers

14th March 2012 New contract will provide copper mine with added cooling for extended operations 

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