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Famed Cullinan mine banks on big diamonds to drive down debt

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 The owner of one of the world's most famous diamond mines could be about a decade away from clearing its multi-million-dollar debts, in a sign of the struggles facing an industry assailed by synthetic rivals and uncertain demand. Petra Diamonds bought Cullinan in 2008, aiming to breathe new life... 

Learners represent South Africa at Taiwan International Science Fair

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 Pretoria-based Hoërskool Waterkloof learner Christiaan Bauman won the fourth prize in the engineering category at the 2019 Taiwan International Science Fair, which was held from January 26 to February 1. Bauman’s project, titled ‘Mine Safety – The Robotic Way’, addresses the problem of miners and... 

Transnet, Botswana Rail seek to unlock Botswana’s coal reserves

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 State-owned Transnet and Botswana Railways have resuscitated discussions on the construction of a proposed heavy-haul railway line that will link the two countries to “unlock” Botswana’s estimated 212-billion tons of coal reserves, Transnet announced on Thursday. Discussions around this project... 

Radebe insists IRP to be approved soon, amid Nedlac uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2019 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has reiterated that Cabinet could soon approve the long-awaited update to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, despite persistent suggestions that National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) sign-off of the document is still... 

Mantashe highlights challenges facing South Africa’s mining sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th January 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has stressed that the key factor in the future of South African mining was the human element. He did so when delivering the keynote address at the launch, in Pretoria last month, of a book – "The Future of Mining in South Africa: Sunset or Sunrise" – by... 

Informal land occupation should not be allowed to trump formal mining investment

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2019 It is the age of informal triumph. Informal land occupiers are able to stop formal mining applications by winning victories in the law courts. Informal mining under the Gold City of Johannesburg wins vocal support while formal officially licenced mining is vocally condemned. 

Optimum, Koornfontein preliminary business rescue plan to be submitted for creditor approval next week 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Legal adviser Bouwer van Niekerk expects to have a preliminary business rescue plan for Optimum Coal Mine and Koornfontein Mine submitted for creditor approval by the end of next week, he confirmed to Mining Weekly Online on Wednesday. The mines’ business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have been... 

Project Halo refutes allegations of favoritism in bid to acquire Optimum, Koornfontein mines 

By: African News Agency      16th January 2019 Project Halo – the consortium which came out as the preferred bidder in the highly-contested purchase of coal mine previously owned by the Gupta family – on Tuesday rejected allegations of impropriety in the way it secured the bid to acquire mine and other related assets.  Last year, Project Halo... 

NUM to lead protest march in Pretoria over unpaid colliery mineworkers’ salaries

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th January 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the Highveld Region will lead a protest march on Wednesday, in Pretoria, to demand the immediate payment of salaries owed to hundreds of mineworkers at the Optimum and Koornfontein collieries, in Mpumalanga.   

Miners find chicken-egg sized diamond in Canada's frozen north

By: Bloomberg     14th December 2018 The biggest diamond ever found in North America has been unearthed by Dominion Diamond Mines and Rio Tinto Group at a mine in Canada’s frozen north. The 552 ct yellow gem was found at the Diavik mine in the Northwest Territories, and is almost three times the size of the next largest stone ever... 

Bauba says High Court halts mining right grant to Samancor Chrome

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2018 JSE-listed Bauba Platinum on Friday informed its shareholders that the High Court, in Pretoria, had set aside the granting of a chrome-ore mining right to Samancor Chrome in respect of the farms Wintersveld, Jagdlust and Zeekoegat, owing to a lack of proper notice and consultation with interested... 

Gemfields finds 1.1 kg emerald at Kagem in Zambia

By: Bloomberg     29th October 2018 The world’s biggest emerald miner has found a gem that weighs more than 1.1 kg at its mine in Zambia. The 5 655 ct stone found earlier this month at the Kagem mine will be sold at auction in Singapore in November, Gemfields Group said in a statement on Monday. 

Greenpeace Africa affirms Mpumalanga is a nitrogen dioxide air pollution hotspot

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Greenpeace Africa states that analysis from satellite data between June 1 and August 31 shows that Mpumalanga is the world’s largest nitrogen dioxide air pollution hotspot across six continents. The data points to coal and transport as the two principal sources of the nitrogen dioxide air... 

Govt banking on policy certainty to revive mining industry 

By: African News Agency      24th October 2018 South Africa's government is banking on recent reforms and policy certainty to revive the mining industry after production  fell by 1.7% in the first eight months of 2018 compared with an increase of 4.5% in the same period last year, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday. In his maiden... 

40 Years of BEKA Schréder

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 We at BEKA Schréder wish to convey our sincerest gratitude to our customers for their unwavering support as we celebrate our 40-year anniversary. BEKA Schréder has been supplying high-performing, energy-efficient and high quality lighting solutions since 1978. When our company was founded with... 

Law firms see benefits of gazetted Mining Charter 3, MPRDA amendment Bill removal

By: Simone Liedtke     28th September 2018 To effect the necessary changes that are needed for South Africa’s economy to grow, government and industry will, moving forward, have to focus on economic assessments, instead of policy development, says law firm Webber Wentzel partner and mining sector head Jonathan Veeran. Following the... 

Mantashe confirms gazetting of Mining Charter 3 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th September 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Thursday confirmed that the Mining Charter 3 had officially been gazetted. Coupled with this, he stated during a media briefing, in Pretoria, that a formal request has been submitted to the Speaker of the National Assembly and the National Council of... 

Mantashe to unpack finalised Mining Charter on Thursday

By: News24Wire      26th September 2018 Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe will on Thursday morning brief members of the media on the finalised version of the Mining Charter. The long-awaited release of a renewed charter comes a week after Minister of Communications Nomvula Mokonyane confirmed that it had been approved by... 

Ramaphosa aims to crowd in private resources for infrastructure fund

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed the creation of a public-private infrastructure fund at the heart of an economic stimulus and recovery plan, otherwise constrained by South Africa’s serious fiscal constraints. In unveiling the plan during a briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on... 

South Africa to reallocate R50bn of budget to revive economy – Ramaphosa

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a raft of policy reform plans on Friday, including re-prioritising R50-billion ($3.5-billion) of public spending to boost economic growth and create jobs. Africa's most industrialised economy entered recession in the second quarter for the first... 

CEO Initiative to support government’s investor outreach at October summit

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2018 The CEO Initiative is putting its weight behind President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plans for increasing levels of investment and stimulating growth in the recession-afflicted South African economy. The CEO Initiative draws in business leaders from various sectors and rose to prominence during Pravin... 

Government's economic stimulus package to be made public soon – Presidency

By: African News Agency      17th September 2018 The economic stimulus package adopted by cabinet will reprioritise government spending within the existing fiscal framework towards activities that will stimulate economic activity, the presidency said on Sunday. President Cyril Ramaphosa had "shared" with South Africa’s business and labour... 

Joest

11th September 2018 Joest Vibrating Systems is the African entity of the worldwide JÖST Group that specialises in vibratory equipment and bulk materials handling solutions. JÖST has supplied various industries with a variety of vibrating feeders, grizzly screens, scalping screens, classifying screens, multislope and... 

Filtafelt launches new filtration media

10th September 2018 Local filtration solutions provider Filtafelt will launch its new range of PTFE-laminated filtration products, known as Synergy, at this year’s Electra Mining Africa trade show, taking place in September. The Synergy range of filtration media is a thermobonded composite fabric with a substrate... 

DMR Limpopo office reopened following two-month closure

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) confirmed on Thursday that it had reopened its regional office in Limpopo, following a two-month shutdown. The Limpopo regional office was closed on June 25 as an “urgent intervention” after staff were allegedly threatened and a bullet was allegedly sent... 

Chicago Pneumatic pulls a double act in Limpopo

31st August 2018 Over the past seven months, the Mining & Technical Exhibitions (MTEs) have been host to Chicago Pneumatic’s successful portable generator giveaways; the two recent Limpopo exhibitions being no exception. Taking place across South Africa, Botswana and Zambia, the MTEs provide the ideal platform... 

DMR Mpumalanga office closed amid allegations of corruption

By: Simone Liedtke     31st August 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) Mpumalanga regional office will be closed from September 3 until further notice. The closure follows feedback received from clients on challenges faced at the Mpumalanga office, mainly relating to backlogs in the issuing of licences and allegations of... 

Bigen wins two Standard Bank Top Women Empowerment Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2018 The Bigen Group, an innovative and solutions-focused infrastructure development group, earned two sought-after Standard Bank Top Women Awards. Bigen was named Top Gender Empowered Company in Infrastructure Development and CEO Anton Boshoff the Top Male Driving Gender Empowerment at the annual... 

New technologies to treat wastewater

31st August 2018 Scientific research and development organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed and patented two wastewater technologies. One of these technologies purifies mine wastewater to a standard that is suitable for domestic, agricultural and industrial use; while... 

New legal and innovation expertise on board at the Bigen Group

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 Dr McLean Sibanda, until recently CEO of The Innovation Hub Management Company (TIH) in Pretoria, has joined the Bigen Group as Executive: Investments and Concessions at its head office located at The Innovation Hub precinct in Pretoria. The Bigen Group is a leading multinational infrastructure... 

South African gold output falls most since February 2017 in May

By: Bloomberg     12th July 2018 Gold output in South Africa, once the world’s biggest producer of the metal, declined the most since February 2017 in May. Production dropped 16.2% from a year earlier, compared with a revised 5.8% contraction in April, Pretoria-based Statistics South Africa said Thursday in a statement on its... 

Digitisation key to sustainable mining industry

By: Anine Kilian     2nd July 2018  The mining industry is at an inflection point and on the cusp of profound change, Australian mining futurist Gavin Yeates told delegates at the AEL Workshop for Explosives Engineers and Technical Representatives (WEETR) themed IntelliBlast, in Pretoria. Delivering the keynote address, he said... 

Artisanal mining should be legalised – analyst  

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2018 As industrial mining for gold declines, artisanal mining for gold in abandoned, ownerless and derelict mines will increase, making way for artisanal miners to mine abandoned shafts, says mining analyst David van Wyk. Addressing delegates during a mining seminar at Sustainability Week 2018, in... 

African Sun Mining pursues opportunities at Junior Indaba

By: Donald Makhafola     25th May 2018 Owing to the current high prices of commodities, wholly black-owned, Pretoria-based opencast mining contractor African Sun Mining hopes to liaise with mining companies, which are prepared to start new projects, during this year’s Junior Indaba to be held from June 5 to 6 at the Johannesburg... 

Congo billionaire seeks French loan to develop iron-ore railway

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2018 Paul Obambi, a billionaire investor in the Congo Republic, is in talks with French lenders to fund a railway he’s building to export iron-ore. Obambi’s company Sapro SA is negotiating with “a consortium of banks” to finance the 450-km track that will link the southwestern town of Mayoko to a... 

Radebe sees energy contributing $25bn to South Africa’s $100bn investment target

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says one-quarter, or $25-billion, of South Africa's newly announced five-year investment target of $100-billion could be met through investments in new energy projects, including a possible new greenfield crude oil refinery and a gas pipeline linking South Africa to... 

Company invests in training to bridge skills gap in minerals processing

By: Donald Makhafola     4th May 2018 Minerals processing specialist Multotec spent more than R10-million on education and training development in 2017, while an additional R2-million was spent on the newly built, state-of-the-art training centre in Spartan, Kempton Park, says COO Jannie de Jonge. De Jonge says Multotec has “invested... 

Kubayi-Ngubane to unveil Mandela Mining Precinct

By: Nadine James     30th April 2018 Science and Technology Minster Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will deliver the keynote address at the launch of the Mandela Mining Precinct, a Mining Phakisa initiative aimed at reviving South Africa’s flagging mining sector, on May 4. The Mandela Mining Precinct is aimed at supporting local... 

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