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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 Iannucci     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,... 

RamPiping Systems

14th October 2016 High-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping fabricator, supplier and installation specialist RamPiping Systems has expanded its focus to include piping solutions from US-based supplier NOV Fiber Glass Systems (NOV FGS). Since being established in 2006, RamPiping’s main focus has been on HDPE, but... 

Argentina approves restart of Barrick’s Veladero mine

By: Henry Lazenby     4th October 2016 The world’s largest gold miner by output Barrick Gold has been given permission to restart operations at its Veladero mine – one of its cornerstone mines – in San Juan, Argentina. Operations at the mine were suspended on September 15, a week after falling ice damaged a pipe carrying... 

Shaftless conveyor system repairs to be completed before year-end

By: Victor Moolman     30th September 2016 Materials handling solutions provider Spiral Tech Screw Conveyors expects to complete repairs to the triplex shaftless spiral conveyor systems at platinum miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats) Marula mine, in Rustenburg, before the end of the year. 

Shaftless spiral screw conveyors reduce costs

23rd September 2016 Spiral pipe machines manufacturer Spiral Tech says its custom-built shaftless spiral screw conveyors are gaining popularity in the mining industry, owing to their ability to reduce costs and boost productivity, especially in applications involving difficult materials. 

Innovation for transporting heavy loads goes into operation

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 The self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) widening adaptor for high and wide loads from heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet will go into operation for the first time in September in the US. 

S Africa explosives expert building brand awareness in North America

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd September 2016 Explosives firm BME, as part of its geographical growth strategy, will attend this year’s MINExpo International exhibition and conference from September 26 to 28 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, in Nevada, US. The company’s globalisation strategy includes increasing brand awareness in the... 

Barrick says Argentina mine may resume within two weeks

By: Reuters     19th September 2016 Barrick Gold's Veladero gold mine, in Argentina, one of its five core mines, could resume operations in the next two weeks, Barrick president Kelvin Dushnisky said in an interview on Monday. "I am hopeful that it could be up and going in that kind of two-week window depending on how the... 

Barrick’s Veladero ops suspended after heap-leach breach

By: Henry Lazenby     15th September 2016 Operations at one of Argentina’s largest mines have been suspended following a tailings breach. Barrick reported Thursday that the government of San Juan province temporarily suspended operations pending further inspections of the mine's heap-leach area, after a chunk of ice rolling down the... 


14th September 2016 ContiTech is one of the largest conveyor belt manufacturers and service providers in the world. We manufacture belts in more than 20 locations worldwide, with one in South Africa, Uitenhage.  

Astore Africa 

13th September 2016 Astore Africa is the leading supplier in Southern Africa of the most comprehensive range of thermoplastic pipe fittings, valves and pipeline accessories in all recognised materials as well as plastic welding equipment.  

Pump modification can withstand acidic applications

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th September 2016 After a two-year trial at various mine sites, a new version of pumps manufacturer RNE Pumps’ vertical spindle pump is available. First developed in 2014, the pump features a specialised material on the working end to prevent wear in acidic slurry. 

Correct pumps will reduce mine costs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th September 2016 Using incorrect equipment in pump applications is a key issue that a number of mines need to address, as it results in unnecessary and costly failures, says electric pump and borehole motor supplier Ernest Electro Engineering MD Gert Schwaecke. 

New mineral sands projects require higher prices – Base

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th September 2016 ASX-listed Base Resources is optimistic about the price outlook for mineral sands heading into 2017. With global mineral sands stockpiles declining, a further price improvement is expected for the balance of 2016, Base MD Tim Carstens told delegates at the first day of the Africa Downunder... 

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