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Angola, Russia jointly developing new diamond projects and others

By: Keith Campbell     9th June 2017 Angola and Russia have committed themselves to deepening their economic cooperation, not least in the area of mining. This was made clear during the recent visit to the African country by Russian Vice Premier Yury Trutnev. Among others, he held talks with Angolan State Secretary for Geology and... 

Exhibition helps solidify company’s position on Copperbelt

By: Nica Schreuder     2nd June 2017 Black women-owned complete pipeline solutions provider Rare has found “immeasurable value” in exhibiting at the annual Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-TEC), held in Zambia, in 2015 and 2016. During this time, the company has seen an increase in opportunities and valuable contacts... 

Veladero strike ends; formal dialogue with trade union estabished

By: Henry Lazenby     29th May 2017 Workers belonging to the AOMA union at the Veladero mine, in San Juan province, Argentina, has restarted work on Monday afternoon after downing tools early on Sunday. Barrick did not elaborate on the union’s issues of concern, but said it is in dialogue with union leadership to “seek a timely... 

Lucapa secures A$19m to pay for Lesotho mine, advance Phase 1 development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th May 2017 Diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company has secured A$19-million in capital to fund the acquisition and development of the Mothae kimberlite diamond project, in Lesotho. The ASX-listed miner said on Friday that the funding package included a A$9.2-million underwriting agreement with Westar Capital... 

Tsodilo gains Orapa kimberlite field exploration permit

By: Henry Lazenby     26th May 2017 Diamond explorer Tsodilo Resources has been granted an exploration permit in Botswana to look for diamond-bearing kimberlites in the prolific Orapa kimberlite field (OKF). The TSX-V-listed diamond and metals exploration company has gained access to one of the most significant diamond producing... 

Training academy deriving ‘incredible’ value from simulators

26th May 2017 Simulation has resulted in a definite, dramatic reduction in training cycle times, says Bedfordview-headquartered mining contractor Murray & Roberts’ Murray and Roberts Training Academy (MRTA) education and training development (ETD) executive Tony Pretorius. With five, high-fidelity Cybermine... 

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2017 The same-site working relationship that Thos Begbie has established with global quality inspectorate Dekra Industrial RSA is giving the prolific exporter of copper castings a commercial edge in its global dealings with mining and smelter-related customers worldwide. Thos Begbie now hosts the... 

Opencast mine equipment relocation method saves costs, time

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2017 By loading, transporting and offloading draglines for opencast mining clients in one piece, global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist Mammoet is driving project feasibility by saving its clients time and money. 

BlueRock to explore new kimberlite pipe

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd May 2017 Diamond miner BlueRock Diamonds has entered into an agreement with Koedonza Olives to mine the 1.5 ha Jubilee kimberlite pipe, in the Windsorton area, 40 km north of Kimberley. To evaluate the commercial viability of Jubilee, the Aim-listed company will receive a bulk sample of up to 2 500 t... 

SA Hippo Expands The Vortex Slurry Sump Pump Range

28th April 2017 One of the biggest challenges at coal processing plants is that the sump pumps can get blocked by large solids and the whole processing plant will then get flooded to such an extent that either the plant has to be shut down or the blocked pumps have to be removed in order to be unblocked or... 

Internship to benefit more students

By: Nadine James     28th April 2017 Alberton-based wear solutions company Rio-Carb plans to expand its internship programme, aimed at preparing second-year engineering students for their careers, in the near future. With two students having completed the internship programme, launched last year, the Chromium Carbide (CrC) plate... 

Barrick Gold cuts gold production forecast at Argentina mine

By: Mariaan Webb     25th April 2017 Toronto-based miner Barrick Gold’s shares fell nearly 4% in after-hour trade on Monday, after the group lowered its production forecast and increased its cost guidance at its Veladero mine, in Argentina. The mine, where authorities suspended the addition of cyanide to the heap leach process... 

Rare resources discovered in Queensland

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 Queensland could likely play host to a number of rare minerals, as geologists have unearthed evidence suggesting the presence of platinum and gold as well as rare earth elements (REE). “This may be a whole new frontier for Queensland,” Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said... 

Thornton joins Barrick top brass in Argentina after Veladero pipe rupture

By: Bloomberg     11th April 2017 Barrick Gold executive chairperson John Thornton flew to Argentina after authorities threatened to rescind the licence for the Veladero mine on the same day the company agreed to sell half the asset. Thornton joined president Kelvin Dushnisky, COO Richard Williams and CFO Catherine Raw in... 

New Curve™ Slurry Pump surpasses all expectations

10th April 2017 Pump and Abrasion Technologies® (PAT) unveiled its new CURVE™ range of pumps in September 2016.  A prominent South African ferrochrome processing plant was among the first companies to adopt this new technology by implementing a project to change all their pumps to the CURVE range of pumps. The... 

Argyle mine, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     31st March 2017 A diamond mine located in the remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia. 

New pumps range lowers costs, enhances performance at integrated ferrochrome producer

By: Dylan Slater     31st March 2017 Following the launch of heavy-duty pump solutions company Pump and Abrasion Technologies’ (PAT’s) new Curve range of pumps in September 2016, a North West-based ferrochrome producer has installed the new Curve series pumps at its plant. 

Lucapa announces maiden Mothae resource estimate

By: Henry Lazenby     25th March 2017 ASX-listed Lucapa Diamonds has published a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant resource estimate for the Mothae kimberlite pipe, in Lesotho. The Mothae project is located about 5 km from Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng mine. 

New Curve™ Pump Proves Its Capability In Market Application

24th March 2017 Pump and Abrasion Technologies® (PAT) unveiled their new CURVE™ range of pumps in September 2016.  Among the first South African companies to adopt this new technology was Hernic Ferrochrome who currently plans to retrofit all the pumps at their OB-Plant to the CURVE™ range. The conversion... 

Diavik mine, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 A diamond mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories. 

Advantage in pursuit of another ‘Salar de Atacama’ in Argentina

By: Henry Lazenby     1st March 2017 Junior project developer Advantage Lithium plans to “aggressively” chase its exploration target of finding between 250 000 t and 5.6-million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) as soon as its acquisition of 75% of ASX- and TSX-listed Orocobre’s Cauchari project and a 100% interest in... 

Tsodilo starts drilling programme at BK16 in Botswana

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 TSX-V-listed Tsodilo Resources has started a 3 000 m drilling programme at its wholly-owned BK16 kimberlite project, in the Orapa kimberlite field (OKF), in Botswana. The programme will entail the drilling of pilot holes on the sites that have been earmarked for a large diameter drilling (LDD)... 

DRDGold ups operating profit on lower output as enviro cleanup weighs

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2017 Gold-from-dumps producer DRDGold on Wednesday announced a 4% increase in operating profit to R172.6-million on 7% lower gold output for the six months to December 31. A rise in the rand gold price helped to offset the impact of lower production in the period, when the company focused on cleaning... 

AMSA wants customers to unite behind call for industry-wide protection 

By: Terence Creamer     9th February 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has appealed to its downstream customers to join it in a united lobbying effort for higher levels of tariff protection on both primary and value-added steel products, which, it claims, are being displaced by cheap, subsidised imports that are... 

Gahcho Kué mine, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd February 2017 A diamond mine located in Canada's Northwest Territories. 

Dominion Diamond CEO quits

By: Henry Lazenby     31st January 2017 The CEO of the world’s third-largest diamond producer Dominion Diamond Corporation, Brendan Bell, has resigned, saying the corporate relocation from Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories, to Calgary, Alberta, “is not the right move for my family”. The TSX- and NYSE-listed miner has engaged... 

Desalination helps South32’s KZN aluminium smelter beat water woes

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 To ensure sustainable operations in drought-stricken Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, diversified miner South32 has invested R74-million in a seawater desalination plant that uses membrane technology to produce cooling process water for its Hillside aluminium smelter. The diversified miner appointed... 

Desalination helps South32’s KZN aluminium smelter beat water woes

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 To ensure sustainable operations in drought sticken Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, diversified miner South32 has invested R74-million in a seawater desalination plant that uses membrane technology to produce cooling process water for its Hillside aluminium smelter. The diversified miner appointed... 

Interest in diamond exploration testing persists

By: Simone Liedtke     25th November 2016 Mining industry consultancy The MSA Group says the significant increase in cost-estimate requests it has received for diamond exploration testing this year is continuing. 

Combined effort resolves benchmark industry contract for WorleyParsons RSA

18th November 2016 WorleyParsons RSA has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for the De Beers Venetia Underground Project, a culmination of more than a year’s joint efforts by Anglo American, De Beers and WorleyParsons to resolve a benchmark industry contract and... 

Mining’s future needs innovation from suppliers

18th November 2016 The fate of mining does not lie in the hands of mines alone, everyone involved in the mining supply chain must accept that the recovery and future of the industry relies on the best value creation at every step in that chain, emphasises South Africa-based cold emulsion explosives innovator BME.... 

New diamond find in Liberia

By: Anine Kilian     17th November 2016 An 18.2 ct D-flawless diamond was recently discovered in the Cape Mount County in north-west Liberia as part of Youssef Diamond Mining Company’s (YDMC’s) diamond exploration programme. This follows an earlier discovery of a kimberlite pipe in the same region. 

Primero stock tanks to new 52-week low as operational challenges persist

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2016 Canadian precious metals producer Primero Mining has reported weak third-quarter results, prompting it to lower its full-year production guidance and causing its TSX-listed stock to drop 28% on Wednesday to a new 52-week low. Toronto-headquartered Primero reported a net loss of $11.7-million in... 

Corporate relocation to Calgary to save Dominion C$19m a year

By: Henry Lazenby     8th November 2016 Canadian diamond producer Dominion Diamond Corp on Monday said a move to relocate its head office from Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories (NWT), to Calgary, Alberta, is expected to save C$19-million a year once fully implemented. Despite costing about 100 jobs in the NWT, the project is... 

Focused on processing in Africa’s artisanal mining sector

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 While many large mining companies in Africa are processing sizeable mineral deposits, there is also a vast smaller scale and artisanal mining sector, requiring solutions tailored to their processing needs, such as those supplied by mining equipment supplier Appropriate Process Technology (APT). 

Sherritt widens loss as output slows; lowers Ambatovy FY guidance

By: Henry Lazenby     25th October 2016 Canadian diversified miner Sherritt International Resources has, for the second time this year, cut the nickel guidance at the 40%-owned Ambatovy mine, in Madagascar, citing a tailings pipe blockage and total shutdown that occurred in June and July, followed by weak output in August. The... 

Kimberley confirms Lerala halt

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th October 2016 Diamond miner Kimberley Diamonds has confirmed that mining at its Lerala mine, in Botswana, has been temporarily suspended, but refuted claims that the mine has closed down. The company said on Monday that mining operations at the mine, conducted by contractor Basil Read, have to date been at... 

New knife-gate valve can slash maintenance time to just 15 minutes

By: David Oliveira     21st October 2016 Global mechanical pipe-joining systems manufacturer Victaulic launched its Series 795 knife-gate valve onto the South African market in August. The valve is designed to contain all the parts subject to wear in a single cartridge kit that be replaced without needing to replace the entire valve,... 

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