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Kenmare Q2 production in line with expectations, reduces debt

By: Simone Liedtke     17th July 2018 LSE-listed mineral sands producer Kenmare Resources produced 377 900 t of heavy mineral concentrate (HMC) in the second quarter ended June 30, a 5% increase on the 359 200 t produced in the first quarter of the year, in line with expectations. Ilmenite production for the second quarter was 238... 

Laramide buys Rio tenements

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th July 2018 Dual listed uranium developer Laramide Resources will spend A$450 000 to purchase the Murphy uranium tenements, in the Northern Territory, from major Rio Tinto’s exploration arm. The purchase agreement replaces an existing farm-in and joint venture agreement between the two companies. 

Symbol secures offtake and financing for Macy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th July 2018 ASX-listed Symbol Mining has inked an offtake and marketing agreement with Noble Resources international for its Macy zinc project, in Nigeria. The offtake and marketing agreement also secured the final funding requirements for the development of the Macy project, with a short-term $3-million... 

Mining pursuing optimisation, innovation to increase profits

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 Sandton-based chemical reagent supplier and distributor Axis House believes mining in Africa is moving towards process optimisation through innovation to reduce costs and increase profits, explains Axis House group general manager Justine Stubbs. “Mines are optimising various processes to achieve... 

Tough protective coating solutions for mining machines from Thermaspray

11th July 2018 Proprietary wear resistant coatings from Thermaspray present an effective and affordable coating solution for a key customer, protecting critical components and improving reliability on used underground mining machines. The mining environment is notorious for its tough conditions; heat, dust,... 

Collerina raises cash for alumina push

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th July 2018 ASX-listed Collerina Cobalt will raise some A$4-million through a one-for-ten rights issue, priced at 8c each. The company said the funds raised will advance the high purity alumina (HPA) First process, at its Collerina project in New South Wales. 

WPIC, Hengfu launch first platinum bar products in China

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2018 As part of efforts to boost investment demand for physical platinum, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) has, in collaboration with Chinese company Shenzhen Hengfu Yingjia (Hengfu), launched the first platinum bar products in China. The launch of the high-purity 999.5 platinum bars forms... 

Mentis Engineered Non-Slip Floor Grating Gains Traction

10th July 2018 There is a trend away from serrated grating because while it is suitable for some applications, there are others where over an extended period it will no longer provide the underfoot traction required to ensure safety. Floor grating is never a case of one size fits all, and according to Lance... 

Challenging times for transformation in the mining sector.

9th July 2018 The announcement of the third revision to the Mining Charter in June 2017 sparked a downward spiral for the South African mining industry. With the newest draft Mining Charter released in mid-June 2018, one would be optimistic that confidence could be restored with the progress in transformation... 

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... 

On-The-Air (06/07/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2018 Black-controlled mining company Exxaro has hit the high spots with the introduction of South Africa’s first ‘smart’ mine. A strongly black-empowered mining company is taking steps to raise money in London for its modern new phosphates operation in the Western Cape. The Bafokeng community is... 

Leading Edge plans demonstration plant at Swedish mine

By: Mariaan Webb     6th July 2018 A busy two quarters are ahead for Vancouver-based Leading Edge Materials at the dormant Swedish graphite mine that it is preparing to bring back to life. On Thursday, the company published an update of plans for its Woxna mine, detailing the strategic research activities that are under way as it... 

Mining starts at Macy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th July 2018 Base metals developer Symbol Mining has started mining at its Macy high-grade zinc project, in Nigeria, after receiving final approval for its mining lease. The company on Friday said that the mining lease and environmental protection and rehabilitation plan approvals concluded several months of... 

Big Pump Goes Stainless

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th July 2018 Corrosive liquids on mining and construction sites are a fact of life!  Tsurumi’s new 316 cast stainless steel high head pumps are designed for those applications.  Metalliferous mines are susceptible to pump breakdowns simply because the pump’s material of construction is not compatible with the... 

Latest charter draft an improvement on previous iteration but discontent persists

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2018 The third iteration of the Mining Charter will have a significant effect on vendors of services and goods in the procurement space of South African mining, says legal services provider Strata Legal director Brandon Irsigler, noting that a great many suppliers to the mining industry are in the... 

Custom lube vehicle boosts mine’s safety, productivity

6th July 2018 Earthmoving equipment distributor Hitachi Construction Machinery Africa, in conjunction with its Mozambique subsidiary dealership, Hitachi Construction Machinery Mozambique, has designed and provided a custom-built lubricant vehicle for diversified mining giant Vale to enhance the availability of... 

Company expands South American service offering

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th July 2018 As part of its coordinated international strategy, minerals processing specialist Multotec is establishing a joint venture (JV) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, which will enhance its presence in the South American region, says Multotec screening media VP Roy Roche. He tells Mining Weekly that the... 

New wheel dozer to drive productivity levels

6th July 2018 Global mining and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has released the new Cat 814K – a wheel dozer that delivers “operating comfort, efficiency and serviceability advancements”. The wheel dozer’s features include a new, sound-suppressed cab, an efficient power unit and transmission... 

Manufacturer to launch new excavator

By: Melissa Zisengwe     6th July 2018 Heavy machinery manufacturer SANY will launch the new 75 t SY750 excavator this month for the local mining industry, having first launched the excavator onto the global market in 2017. According to SANY, the new excavator will be the first of its kind in South Africa. The excavator, primarily... 

Case celebrates 60 years of loader manufacturing

6th July 2018 Having introduced the W9 four-wheel drive in 1958, construction equipment supplier Case Construction Equipment today offers a full range of compact and full-sized wheel loaders for all applications, from road building and recycling centres, to urban construction and quarries. To celebrate its... 

Bell Equipment extends excavator range, Kobelco partnership

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 South African earthmoving equipment manufacturer and supplier Bell Equipment is expanding its partnership with Japanese excavator specialist Kobelco Construction Machinery (Kobelco) with a range of three mini excavator models and three larger models launched in April. Bell is the exclusive... 

Cullinan mine moves to centralised blasting to improve safety, efficiency  

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine hopes to achieve further improvements in safety, mining efficiencies and productivity, following the implementation of BME’s AXXIS centralised blasting system across its underground operation. The system was officially launched on Wednesday. 

Latest charter draft an improvement on previous iteration but discontent persists

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2018 The third iteration of the Mining Charter will have a significant effect on vendors of services and goods in the procurement space of South African mining, says legal services provider Strata Legal director Brandon Irsigler, noting that a great many suppliers to the mining industry are in the... 

Vedanta starts commissioning activities at Gamsberg

By: Simone Liedtke     5th July 2018 Diversified mining company Vedanta Resources’ subsidiary Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) has started commissioning activities at its Gamsberg project, a greenfield mining project in the Northern Cape. Waste pre-stripping was completed by the end of June and ore production has started. 

First Quantum given time to solve $7.9bn Zambian tax row

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2018 Zambia agreed to give First Quantum Minerals more time to complete its analysis of what the company might owe the southern African nation after it was slapped with a $7.9-billion tax bill, according to the Finance Minister. The Vancouver-based company is challenging the assessment from Zambia’s... 

New technical models set to reduce costs of power generation, distribution for Africa

5th July 2018 Innovative new technologies and architectures set to reduce the costs of power generation and distribution will be presented at the upcoming POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and expo. Speaking ahead of Africa’s premier power sector summit, experts outlined a number of new technologies... 

Kropz eyeing dual listing

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2018 Emerging plant nutrient producer Kropz is eyeing a dual listing on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange in addition to seeking admission to trade on the Aim in London, where it intends raising equity capital to fund the completion of its advanced-stage phosphates project in South Africa, cut debt... 

Band-It clamping solutions to be showcased at Electra Mining Africa

4th July 2018 Challenging market conditions in the mining industry necessitate the use of innovative, simple-to-use systems that provide for high-quality and cost-effective solutions. This will be the focus of Banding & Identification (ID) Solutions Africa’s presence at Electra Mining Africa 2018 at Nasrec... 

Thakaringa gets a A$550m price tag

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th July 2018 The Thackaringa cobalt project, in South Australia, is expected to require a capital investment of A$550-million to develop a 5.25-million tonne a year plant. ASX-listed Cobalt Blue on Wednesday revealed that the project would produce some 3 657 t/y metal in sulphate, and life-of-mine totals of... 

RADIA shakes it up in its explosion-proof mixer with Optidrive Compact

2nd July 2018 A leading manufacturer of commercial and industrial mixers and shakers in the United States has chosen Invertek Drives Optidrive Compact 2 for its new explosion-proof gyroscopic mixer. RADIA, formerly known as Red Devil Equipment Co, based at Plymouth, MN, is using the OEM drive in its 5025 Red D... 

New offtake agreement brings Savannah restart one step closer

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th June 2018 Base metals company Panoramic Resources has inked a new four-year concentrate sales agreement for all of the concentrate to be produced at its Savannah nickel/copper/cobalt project, in Western Australia. The offtake agreement with Sino Nickel, a joint venture between Chinese firm Jinchuan and... 

Feasibility study on Western Cape rare earths mine to be completed in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2018 The Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, owned by developer Steenkampskraal Holdings, in the Western Cape, is aiming to be a building block in a global rare earths supply chain independent of China. Manufacturers globally are expressing concern over China’s dominance of these strategic elements,... 

Filtration company facilitates required high quality for fuel

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th June 2018 With clean, uncontaminated fuel being the key to optimal fuel system performance and longevity for modern diesel engines used in the mining industry, filtration designer and manufacturer Cummins Filtration is ensuring that its products and services cater to this. This entails the proper... 

Company poised to capitalise on burgeoning grease market

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th June 2018 Lubricants specialist FUCHS Lubricants South Africa (FUCHS SA) expects that the demand for high-quality greases will grow “significantly” in all spheres of the market, and is, therefore, equipped to meet and exceed the mining market’s requirements for this through its newly commissioned grease... 

Feasibility study on Western Cape rare earths mine to be completed in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2018 The Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, owned by developer Steenkampskraal Holdings, in the Western Cape, is aiming to be a building block in a global rare earths supply chain independent of China. Manufacturers globally are expressing concern over China’s dominance of these strategic elements,... 

Data can provide miners with a competitive advantage

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th June 2018 In an industry where the collection, management and analysis of exploration data can influence the profitability of a mining project, leveraging data-driven insights can deliver a significant competitive advantage for mining companies. Intuitive software solutions provider Micromine says that... 

WPIC strengthens its leadership with new appointments 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th June 2018 The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) has appointed Sally Singer as investor development director. She will lead the WPIC’s investor development activities, servicing the existing platinum audience and identifying and expanding the potential platinum investor base, while reporting directly... 

Trump trade war looms over Canadian town built to supply America

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2018 If ever a town embodied US-Canadian symbiosis, it’s Arvida, Quebec. Built by Americans, its giant smelter supplied most of the Allied forces’ aluminum in World War II and today makes metal used in Budweiser beer cans, Tesla and Ford cars and in AR15 rifles, part of the 2.5-million metric tons... 

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