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Costs, limited markets hampering progress towards hydrogen economy

By: Schalk Burger     5th October 2018 The use of platinum group metals- (PGMs-) based fuel cells in electricity and mobility applications is expected to provide ample commercial opportunities for South Africa, in line with worldwide trends to decarbonise electricity generation and transport. However, the high cost of these... 

Local strides to hydrogen economy tempered by cost, industrialisation questions

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2018 The use of platinum group metals-based fuel cells in electricity and mobility applications is expected to provide ample commercial opportunities for South Africa, in line with worldwide trends to decarbonise electricity generation and transport. However, the high cost of these technologies,... 

Tando speeds up drilling at SPD project, targets Jorc-compliant resource by end-October

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th September 2018 ASX-listed junior exploration company Tando Resources has mobilised another diamond core rig at its SPD Vanadium project, in South Africa, with three rigs now drilling out the 513-million-tonne resource. This will contribute to the publication of a Joint Ore Reserves Committee- (Jorc-)... 

Queensland fires up for gas supply challenge

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2018 More explorers are on the hunt across Queensland for gas for the hungry Australian market. Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham on Tuesday announced that four companies would soon start exploring more than 6 600 km2 for more gas for local use, as well as export dollars. 

Free State has potential to host further commercial kimberlites – Botswana Diamonds

By: Simone Liedtke     25th September 2018 The Free State has the potential to host further commercial kimberlites, says Botswana Diamonds, referencing research in various archives into the history of diamond mining in South Africa. Following the initial document research work and ground truthing, Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has since... 

Tango’s African diamond focus grows

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 TSX-listed Africa-focused Tango Mining on Thursday reported production since January of 941 ct of high-value diamonds from its Oena diamond mine, in the Western Cape. It also reported on progress at further diamond exploration projects in Angola, Liberia and Botswana. 

Local mining services company owners win Entrepreneur of the Year accolade  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2018 Mining engineer Samuel Molefi and his entrepreneurial wife and business partner Motlapele Molefi have won the Entrepreneur of the Year award – a premier entrepreneurial platform sponsored by Sanlam and Business Partners every year. Samuel and Motlapele are founders and owners of Modi Mining, a... 

Pipe fittings on show at Electra Mining

13th September 2018 Pipe-fitting solutions provider Plasson’s range of HDPE pipe fittings offer solutions for connecting polyethylene pipes used for conveying water and other fluids in urban and inter-urban infrastructure, as well as in industrial, mining, landscaping and farming applications. Plasson will be... 

BlueRock starts processing from second kimberlite pipe at Kareevlei  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th September 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds, which owns and operates the Kareevlei diamond mine, nearly Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, has started kimberlite processing from the KV1 pipe – the mine’s second kimberlite pipe. KV1 is one of five known kimberlite pipes within the Kareevlei project area and has an... 

Tando ready to start 7.1 km drilling programme at South African vanadium project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd September 2018 ASX-listed junior miner Tando Resources has mobilised one reverse circulation and one diamond core drilling rig at its SPD Vanadium project, in South Africa’s Bushveld Complex, and is ready to start a A$1.4-million drilling programme. Assay results are expected to underpin strong newsflow over... 

Tempo Mineral Processing offers DMS cyclone refurbishment service

29th August 2018 With the mining industry under increasing pressure to cut costs and increase productivity, Tempo Mineral Processing offers a unique service whereby Dense Medium Separation (DMS) cyclones can be refurbished for even wear distribution and extended life. This allows for improved mass balance of DMS... 

Clean oil means great savings, grateful nature

24th August 2018 Lubricating the pistons of industry is a passion for established hydraulics company CT Hydraulics (Nqoba} that not only believes that keeping oil clean is key to running an efficient operation, but also keeping components spotless from within is vital. Founded in 1979, the Germiston-based company... 

La Zanja mine, Peru

By: Thabi Madiba     24th August 2018 A gold and silver mine located in Pulán, Santa Cruz province, about 107 km north-east of Cajamarca region, Peru. 

SA HIPPO warns about the hidden cost of submersible pumping

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2018 When a Submersible pump is installed and in operation, in most cases the pump is completely submerged and out of sight while very little attention is paid to the actual operating costs involved. Before purchasing a submersible pump, the main consideration should be the total cost of ownership,... 

Aury Africa introduces RFID track-and-trace solution for mining

15th August 2018 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa has introduced a radio-frequency identification (RFID) audit and inspection solution that is ideal for mining applications. These include inspecting plant equipment, mining machines, pumps, valves and pipes – in fact,... 

Vast creates new subsidiary and expands Romania footprint

By: Mariaan Webb     15th August 2018 Aim-listed Vast Resources has acquired an indirect interest in a prospective polymetallic mineralisation in the so-called ‘golden quadrilateral’ in the Metaliferi mountains of Romania, through a newly formed subsidiary, EMA Resources, which it intends to list separately. The company announced on... 

Fibre optics punted for pipeline monitoring amid major spills in mining and other sectors

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Fibre optics were invented to carry huge amounts of voice data over long distances very efficiently, but advancements in optical technology have enabled the use of specialised fibre optic cables as sensors with the ability to measure parameters such as acoustic energy, temperature, strain, and... 

New-configuration valve creates export potential

By: Halima Frost     10th August 2018 South African thermoplastic valves supplier Astore Keymak has placed an order for about 30 redesigned FK industrial butterfly valves (FK d90) from its Italy-based supplier Formatura Iniezione Polimeri (FIP) Valves, with first shipment expected later this year. The valves will be added to the... 

Fibre optics punted for pipeline monitoring amid major spills in mining and other sectors

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Fibre optics were invented to carry huge amounts of voice data over long distances very efficiently, but advancements in optical technology have enabled the use of specialised fibre optic cables as sensors with the ability to measure parameters such as acoustic energy, temperature, strain, and... 

Tando to accelerate exploration at South African vanadium project

By: Nadine James     2nd August 2018 ASX-listed junior exploration company Tando Resources on Thursday announced that it heliborne magnetic survey has delineated targets that demonstrate the potential for a low-cost direct shipping ore (DSO) operation at its SPD vanadium project, in South Africa. As a result, Tando has decided to... 

Botswana Diamonds exploration update, says confident it holds licence to Mooikloof

By: Simone Liedtke     31st July 2018 Analysis of Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds’ Free State kimberlites indicates high abundances of diamond inclusion type chemical compositions, thereby rating these kimberlites as being of high interest in terms of their diamond-bearing potential, the company said on Tuesday. The results also... 

AfriSam offers ‘mine-ready’ concrete, technical expertise

By: Melissa Zisengwe     20th July 2018 As many built structures in the mining environment require the use of aggregates, cement and concrete, leading construction materials supplier AfriSam can collaborate with contractors and mines to design and provide specialist concrete mixes. In addition to offering customised concrete for the... 

De Beers brings Chidliak resource into its fold with C$107m Peregrine buy

By: Mariaan Webb     19th July 2018 Diamond major De Beers announced on Thursday that it would buy Canadian miner Peregrine Diamonds – the owner of the Chidliak diamond resource in Nunavut Territory – for C$0.24 a share, or C$107-million, in cash. The Chidliak resource, 120 km north-east of Iqaluit on Baffin Island, hosts 74... 

Amtec

17th July 2018 The construction division of minerals processing projects specialist Applied Mineral Technologies (Amtec) is an integral part of the company’s offering. Not only is this division the largest in the company, it is probably the most important, as no project can be undertaken without the manpower... 

Going to great lengths for the value pipeline

6th July 2018 Aegion South Africa provides 18m spools for concentrate hydro-transportation at mining project resulting in 10 % project cost savings In the high-stakes game of mining today, margins are tighter and under more pressure than ever. To remain viable, mining companies are becoming more scientific... 

Controlling your water management in mining

2nd July 2018 The current global demand for water is at the level of 4,500 billion m³ a year and is expected to rise to 6,900 billion m³ by 2030 – therefore, it’s imperative that businesses take action to ensure sustainable water management is front of mind. Philip Wood, International Business Development... 

Weatherly shares suspended as water ingress at Tschudi creates uncertainty

By: Anine Kilian     1st June 2018 Aim-listed Weatherly International has requested a suspension in the trading of its shares, effective Friday, owing to the uncertain position of its Namibia-based Tschudi mine, as a result of significant water ingress.  The Tschudi openpit mine had recently experienced a rapid increase in... 

Lerala diamond mine sells for more than $8m in online auction

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 The Lerala diamond mine, in the Palapye region of Botswana, on Wednesday sold for more than $8-million in an online auction, confirmed liquidity services and auctioneers GoIndustry Dovebid South Africa associate director John Taylor.  

Copper supply shock hits India as top plant ordered to close

By: Bloomberg     29th May 2018 India faces a copper supply shock after a state government ordered billionaire Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta to shut down a plant permanently following deadly protests in a move that will slash nationwide output and stoke demand for imports. The company’s shares fell. The Tamil Nadu government directed... 

Auctioneer confirms interest in Botswana diamond mine auction

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th May 2018 Auctioneer GoIndustry DoveBid South Africa will be facilitating the sale of the Lerala diamond mine, in the Palapye region of Botswana, through an online auction, with final bids to close on Wednesday. 

Only one-third of the 15 largest copper producers reported positive production trends – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Only about one-third of the 15 largest copper producers with output of more than 40 000 t of copper per quarter reported positive production trends during the first quarter of this year, driving quarter-on-quarter output 4.8% or 136 548 t lower, a new report by S&P Global has found. However, on... 

Lerala Diamond Mine Limited is going on auction

17th May 2018 Whether you’re an established or junior miner interested in expanding your mining portfolio, GoIndustry DoveBid SA proudly presents the disposal of Lerala Diamond Mine. Lerala Diamond Mine Ltd is in Liquidation and is being taken to public auction via GoIndustry’s trusted online bidding platform.... 

Halted Botswana diamond mine to be sold at online auction

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 A diamond mine in Botswana, owned by now extinct Australian miner Kimberley Diamonds, is going up for sale at an online auction to be held Monday, as its liquidators failed to secure viable offers, reports MINING.com. The Lerala Mine was opened in 2008 and had to be shut twice due to weak sales,... 

Kimberley Diamonds' Botswana mine to be auctioned online

By: Bloomberg     30th April 2018 A diamond mine in Botswana will be offered for sale at an online auction after its liquidators failed to secure viable offers. Online bids for the Lerala Diamond Mine open at 17:00 on May 24 and run through 14:00 on May 30, according to a statement published in the weekly Monitor newspaper by the... 

South Africa must be proactive in uranium beneficiation pursuit

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th April 2018 South Africa needs to decide whether it wants to be a dominant player in the world in terms of uranium exports, says South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) scientist and chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm. He tells Mining Weekly that if the country decides to pursue dominance in the industry,... 

Botswana Diamonds starts drilling at Ontevreden kimberlite pipe

By: Simone Liedtke     13th March 2018 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has started drilling at the Ontevreden kimberlite pipe, which is part of the company’s Vutomi’s Joint Venture in South Africa and which contains significant quantities of G10 and G9 garnets. “We are pleased to announce the commencement of drilling at the Ontevreden... 

SA Hippo Submersible Slurry Pump® goes to Sierra Leone Diamond Mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2018 HAZLETON PUMPS® successfully manufactured and delivered five HIPPO Submersible Slurry pumps® for Carl Hamm PPS (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of the German company Carl Hamm GMPH. Carl Hamm Pipes Pumps Solutions specializes in dewatering from surface where access is problematic and provide complete... 

As coal use wanes, US miners depend on foreign buyers, steel  

By: Bloomberg     8th March 2018 It keeps getting harder to sell coal in the US US miners are forecast to cut production 4.7% in 2018 as electricity generators shift increasingly to natural gas and renewable energy, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The expected total of 736.3 million short tons would be the... 

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