R/€ = 15.71 Change: 0.00
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Pipes manufacturer increases focus on quality in Africa

By: Jonathan Rodin     16th January 2015 Plastic pipes and fittings manufacturer and distributor Marley Pipe Systems is prioritising “quality without compromise” and educating the market that the cheaper option is not always best, as increased maintenance increases the costs of a mine. Marley Pipe Systems sales and marketing manager... 

Eskom confirms Kusile Unit 1 sync slips to H1 2017 

By: Terence Creamer     15th January 2015 Embattled power utility Eskom, which has been experiencing major delays and cost overruns at its two coal-fired megaprojects Medupi and Kusile, gave an assurance on Thursday that the synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6 is only weeks away, with pipe restoration work between the boiler and the turbine... 

Treatment technology for South African mine water

15th January 2015 Approx. 48 billion euros needed to improve water and waste-water treatment. Mines are a source of heavily polluted waste water Flagship projects to produce drinking water quality. Water and in particular waste water are environmental themes of great importance in mining in South Africa. These... 

Tulsequah Chief mine determined ‘substantially started’ – BC Ministry of Environment

By: Henry Lazenby     15th January 2015 The British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak has determined that Chieftain Metals Corp’s Tulsequah Chief polymetallic project was 'substantially started', ending a First Nation challenge to the validity of the original ministerial determination in 2012. The Ministry of Environment stated... 

Baoulé trial mining delivers 2 145 ct for Stellar

6th January 2015 West Africa-focused diamond development company Stellar Diamonds on Tuesday reported that its Baoulé kimberlite pipe in Guinea has yielded 2 145 ct, to date, through trial mining. This included 138 diamonds greater than 1 ct and numerous gem diamonds larger than 5 ct and up to 9.2 ct. 

Nautilus receives PNG funds from escrow, forms Solwara 1 JV

By: Henry Lazenby     12th December 2014 Prospective marine miner Nautilus Minerals on Thursday formed a joint venture (JV) company with Papua New Guinea’s (PNG’s) nominee Eda Kopa (Solwara) to mine high-grade polymetallic seafloor massive sulphide deposits at 1 600 m below the surface of the Bismarck Sea, offshore PNG, within the... 

Expansion projects progressing well

By: Dylan Slater     12th December 2014 The C-Cut expansion project at diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ Gauteng-based Cullinan diamond mine is 50% complete in terms of the physical development work and the capital expenditure, the miner tells Mining Weekly. 

Ghaghoo mine starts small

By: Dylan Slater     12th December 2014 Botswana’s newly established Ghaghoo diamond mine, owned and operated by London-listed Gem Diamonds, will be operated on a ‘small mine basis’ until the value of the resource is fully understood, Gem Diamonds tells Mining Weekly. 

Diamonds look set to do well in 2015 – Investec 

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2014 Strong jewellery demand over the US holiday season looks supportive of 2015 being another good year for diamond prices, Investec Securities analyst Marc Elliott said on Thursday. In a note on the strong performance of the London-listed Petra Diamonds in particular, Elliott expected rough prices... 

Rio and Dominion JV approves $350m Canada diamond investment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th November 2014 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has given the green light for the development of the fourth pipe, known as A21, at its Diavik diamond mine, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The A21 pipe development was part of the original mine plan and is estimated to cost $350-million over four years. 

Dominion Diamond reports ‘exceptional’ Q3 FY2015 production results for Ekati, Diavik

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st November 2014 TSX-listed Dominion Diamond Corporation reported on Thursday that its Ekati and Diavik diamond mines performed exceptionally well in the third fiscal quarter of 2015, August through October, with rough diamond production, sales and pricing all exceeding plan.  Consistent with the two previous... 

Sale confirms demand for Lemphane diamonds, says Paragon

By: Natalie Greve     17th November 2014 Aim-listed Paragon Diamonds has sold a number of diamonds recovered during the company's 2013 bulk sampling programme at its flagship Lemphane kimberlite pipe, in Lesotho, including fancy yellow diamonds that achieved values of up to $2 500/ct. The company said in a statement on Monday that the... 

Dominion Diamond files developers assessment report for Ekati’s Jay pipe

By: Henry Lazenby     7th November 2014 TORONTO ( – Canadian precious gem producer Dominion Diamond has filed a developers assessment report (DAR) with the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board for the Jay kimberlite pipe at the Ekati mine, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, as part of the requirements of... 

GRP pipes could save miners millions

By: Samantha Herbst     7th November 2014 Specialist water cooling company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) believes local mining companies using corrosion-resistant, glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) pipelines could be saving millions on recurring pipeline breakdowns resulting from corrosion. GRP pipes are considered advantageous in the... 

Nautilus Minerals secures vessel charter

By: Henry Lazenby     6th November 2014 Seafloor-mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals on Thursday reported that it had secured a vessel charter to be deployed at the Solwara 1 copper/gold project, offshore Papua New Guinea (PNG). Dubai-based marine solutions company Marine Assets Corporation (MAC), which specialises in delivering new-build... 

First diamonds from Ghaghoo mine to be sold in Feb 2015

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th November 2014 London-listed miner Gem Diamonds will sell the first 4 028 ct of diamonds recovered at its Ghaghoo mine, in Botswana, in February 2015. The sale of diamonds from the underground mine, which was officially opened in early September, would be held in conjunction with the sale of diamonds recovered... 

Tenova TAKRAF expands specialised handling range with Magaldi Superbelt®

4th November 2014 Tenova TAKRAF Africa’s leading range of specialised handling equipment has been enhanced with the addition of the unique Magaldi Superbelt® technology from Magaldi, of Italy, a global supplier of industrial systems and plants for bulk material handling at high temperatures.  Tenova TAKRAF Africa... 

On-The-Air (31/10/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2014 New mechanised mining courses at Wits; Shale gas received major boost gov gave nod for application processing to proceed; coal-gas roadmap is being drawn up to get energy from coal without having to mine it. 

Low kimberlite discovery rate seen sparking diamond production crisis by turn of decade

By: Jade Davenport     31st October 2014 The stability of the diamond sector has always been a slave to the fine balance between supply and demand. Over the last century, the industry has had to contend with various crises of oversupply, largely spurred by conflict, global economic instability and the vagaries of consumer demand. As a... 

Company sells new underground mining pipes at expo

By: Pimani Baloyi     31st October 2014 Local pipes manufacturer Marley Pipe Systems sold several of its newly launched MegaTuff co-extruded flame-retardant high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and ventilation pipes for underground mining at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition, where the products were introduced to the market for... 

Low kimberlite discovery rate seen sparking diamond production crisis by turn of decade

By: Jade Davenport     31st October 2014 The stability of the diamond sector has always been a slave to the fine balance between supply and demand. Over the last century, however, the industry has dealt with various crises of oversupply, largely spurred by conflict, global economic instability and the vagaries of consumer demand. As a... 

New diamond mines, diamonds selling well, De Beers’ wage deal

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2014 Diamond output from Canada is poised to rise sginificantly; Rockwell diamonds sees itself as being well placed for third-quarter improvement; diamond company De Beers secures its first three-year wage deal in South Africa. 

Nautilus Minerals steps closer to releasing PNG funding

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2014 Prospective seafloor miner Nautilus Minerals has satisfied one of the conditions precedent to releasing $113-million, which its project partner – the Papua New Guinea government – had paid into escrow in May, representing the balance of the State’s 15% share of capital required to complete the... 

Stellar to start Baoulé diamond sales before year-end

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st October 2014 West Africa-focused diamond development company Stellar Diamonds expects to start selling diamonds from its Baoulé trial mining project, in Guinea, before the end of this year. The miner had completed the processing of the first kimberlite sample from the project, following the successful... 

Slurry cooling towers excel in copper mining conditions

17th October 2014 With the copper mining industry in mind, industrial cooling tower systems provider Industrial Water Cooler (IWC) designs and manufactures forced draft counterflow cooling towers for the specific pressure-leach process used in copper mining. IWC MD Roger Rusch says the cooling towers excel at... 

Karowe mine

17th October 2014 Name: Karowe mine. Location: The Karowe mining licence is located in north-central Botswana, 25 km south of the Orapa diamond mine and 23 km west of the Letlhakane diamond mine. 

Canadian diamond output could more than double in 4 years

By: Henry Lazenby     15th October 2014 Canada’s diamond output could more than double in the next four years, underpinned by De Beers Canada and Mountain Province Diamonds’ Gahcho Kué project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, and Stornoway Diamond Corp’s Renard project, in Quebec – with both projects now in the construction phase –... 

Tanzania diamond-mine expansions on track

10th October 2014 Diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ expansion plans for its Williamson mine, in Tanzania’s Shinyanga region, remain on track. The aim is to ramp up tonnage throughput to about five-million tonnes a year from the 2017 financial year and, at a grade of about 6 ct for every hundred tonnes, delivery of 300... 

Stellar recovers first diamonds from Baoulé project

By: Natalie Greve     9th October 2014 Diamond developer Stellar Diamonds has recovered the first diamonds from the Baoulé kimberlite pipe, in Guinea, following the commissioning of the mine’s 100 t/h treatment plant, in September. First ore processed yielded over 50 ct, including stones of 3.76 ct and 1.37ct. 

Beneficiation specialist at Electra Mining Africa

3rd October 2014 A stalwart at Electra Mining Africa (EMA) for over 35 years, beneficiation product and services supplier Multotec Group is well known as a supplier to the mining industry. To add to the customer experience, the group used EMA 2014, which was held at the Nasrec conference centre from September 15... 

Company improves fire-protected couplings range

3rd October 2014 Mechanical pipe-joining systems manufacturer Victaulic has improved the design of its fire-protected FireLock EZ Style 009N couplings range. Victaulic Africa regional manager Barry van Jaarsveld says the improved design is easier to install than the 009H rigid coupling style, on which the... 

Manitou unveils ‘the world’s largest telehandler’

By: Chantelle Kotze     3rd October 2014 Rough-terrain machinery and material handling equipment supplier Manitou Southern Africa launched the world’s largest telehandler, the MHT-X 14350, as well as three new flameproof mining machines, a scaler, roof bolter and tow tractor at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition, held last... 

Dry Ice International  

22nd September 2014 Dry Ice International has been recognised as the leader of dry ice manufacturing, distribution and dry ice blast cleaning in South Africa, as well as other parts of Africa since 1994.  We are known for our dedicated client service nationally, creativity, innovation and team of highly qualified... 

Marley Pipe Systems 

22nd September 2014 Marley Pipe Systems is recognised as the leading name in pipe manufacturing for the mining industry. Keeping in mind the high safety requirements in mining, Marley offers a flame-retardant HDPE piping system called the MEGATUFF FR Pipe. Thanks to the polymer compound coating that significantly... 


17th September 2014 DuPont as a company dedicated to safety and innovation tries to constantly help workers in keeping them safe from on-the-job hazards. From emergency response teams and police officers to laboratory technicians or frontline workers in manufacturing, construction, and maintenance, DuPont provides... 

Ernest Electro Engineering

12th September 2014 Established in 1964, Ernest Electro Engineering distributes electrical water pumps and is a specialist in the rewiring of electrical motors. The company supplies the mining, agriculture, fishery, healthcare and tourism industries, as well as schools and sport and recreation businesses. Its... 

Stellar begins testing on DMS plant at Baoulé diamond project

By: Natalie Greve     11th September 2014 London-listed diamond development company Stellar Diamonds said on Thursday that commissioning testing of its 100 t/h dense media separation (DMS) plant at the Baoulé kimberlite project, in Guinea, had started ahead of trial mining, which is targeted for October. Over the past three months, the... 

Steel industry-related app launched

29th August 2014 Steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor has launched an industry-related application, or app, compatible with Android and iOS smartphones. The app, which can be downloaded for free, offers users readily available information regarding the full Robor offering, as well as other useful information... 

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