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Trump's latest plan for saving coal comes from the Cold War

By: Bloomberg     20th April 2018 Months into the Korean War, President Harry Truman capped wages and imposed price controls on the steel industry, seizing authority under a newly passed law to take action in the name of national defense. Now, more than a half century later, Trump administration officials are considering using... 

Network Video Surveillance Provides Business Intelligence To Today’s Mining Community

     15th November 2017 Today’s mining sector remains under constant threat. The ever present, and growing, number of illegal miners make efficient and effective security essential. “This is as critical for open mine shafts as it is for inefficient or temporarily closed ones,” says Roy Alves, Country Manager at Axis... 

Boonanarring granted final approval

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th November 2017 The Boonanarring mineral sands project, in Western Australia, has received its final development approval, allowing construction and commissioning of the project to start. ASX-listed Image Resources on Wednesday told shareholders that the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation had... 

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 In tandem with growing ambitions to increase access to electricity for many African citizens who currently have limited or no access to electricity comes the call for new large-scale power stations to be built. This has prompted a keen interest in nuclear power stations and, consequently, a... 

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 In tandem with growing ambitions to increase access to electricity for many African citizens who currently have no or limited access to electricity comes the call for new large-scale power stations to be built. In line with this expansion is a keen interest in nuclear power stations and,... 

Aura's Mauritania uranium project gets environmental nod

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th October 2017 The Mauritania government has approved the environmental and social impact assessment of the Tiris uranium project, being developed by dual listed Aura Energy. “For a uranium project, one of the most important steps in its path to development is the environmental approval step,” Aura Energy... 

Cigar Lake mine, Canada

By: Thabi Madiba     1st September 2017 A uranium mine located in the Athabasca basin, north of Saskatchewan, in Canada. 

Zinc refiner needed in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th August 2017 A local zinc refiner needs to be established to provide more intimate support for the South African galvanising industry to capitalise on the recovery of the South African economy, says International Zinc Association of South Africa (Izasa) regional director Rob White. He notes that, with the... 

Gold refinery champions upliftment through beneficiation

By: Nadine James     21st July 2017 Precious-metal smelting and refining complex Rand Refinery is committed to its socioeconomic upliftment initiatives, which are intrinsically linked to and furthered by its core aim of refining and then creating saleable gold products, or gold beneficiation, states Rand Refinery CE Praveen... 

Nuclear is not just about energy – Niasa MD

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2017 South Africa’s controversial nuclear energy plans have overwhelmingly overshadowed the more expansive, overall industry that has quietly developed in the country, which has become a world leader in nuclear medicine. Speaking at the one-day nuclear forum on the sidelines of the PowerGen Africa... 

Enviro permitting processes for Western Cape uranium project advancing 

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd June 2017 Uranium project developer Tasman RSA Mines says that draft environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental management plan (EMP) reports for the company’s mining right applications Ryst Kuil and Quaggasfontein, which form part of the Karoo uranium mining project, in the Western Cape, will... 

Fibre-optic pyrometer offers South Africa greater accuracy

By: Nadine James     19th May 2017 The South African minerals and metals processing industry has yet to take advantage of the fibre-optic Calex Fibre-Mini pyrometer, compared with the response from international markets, which has been favourable. The pyrometer, used to measure temperatures of reflective metals, was developed by... 

'Irrational' uranium prices making life tough, even for world-class juniors 

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2017 The resource investment market’s fixation on uranium spot prices and fewer majors operating in the space are making life difficult for uranium exploration juniors, even those such as Fission Uranium that have made world-class discoveries in one of the best jurisdictions in the world. Speaking to... 

Fission discovers new mineralised zone at PLS

By: Henry Lazenby     1st March 2017 Junior explorer Fission Uranium has announced the discovery of a new mineralised zone 660 m west of the existing R840W zone, highlighting the potential to extend the Patterson Lake South (PLS) mineralised trend, in Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin, well beyond the current 2.63 km. The Kelowna-based... 

Road rehab levy could be in the offing for Zim miners

By: Oscar Nkala     10th February 2017 Zimbabwe's Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructure Development has tabled a proposal that could force mining houses to pay a 'road rehabilitation' levy that would be used to build and maintain roads in the areas where they operate.   Currently, the construction and... 

UK scientists develop ‘power generating’ diamond

By: Ilan Solomons     27th January 2017 New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current.... 

Bigen Africa launches Health division with key senior appointment

     23rd January 2017 Bigen Africa, a thought-leading, solutions-driven infrastructure development Group with a firm foothold in southern Africa and a fast-growing Africa footprint, is expanding its service offering to South African clients with a new focus on healthcare provision facilitation, and has appointed an... 

Gold from woodchips, grease, mine muck surprises on upside 

By: Martin Creamer     21st November 2016 The recovery of gold from mine waste at Goldplat Recovery in Benoni generates a surprisingly high level of revenue while simultaneously protecting the environment and providing hundreds of valuable jobs. The London Aim-listed Goldplat, a bona fide junior producer from secondary material, last... 

Coltan processing technology developed for Africa advances

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 Mining and metals company AB Minerals is introducing a new disruptive processing technology, which has been developed to assist African columbite–tantalite (coltan) mining countries with the low-cost production of metallurgical-grade tantalum powder and niobium oxide using an industrial-scale... 

Wheeling touted as viable option for mines facing electricity supply challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th October 2016 While mining operations require reliable power on a continuous basis, whether in remote locations, or in developed areas, load-shedding, poor quality power and weak grids are forcing mines to consider alternative sources of electrical energy. Consequently, juwi South Africa MD Greg Austin... 

Lynas has its licence renewed in Malaysia

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd September 2016 The Malaysian Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) has renewed the full operating stage licence for the Lynas advanced materials plant (Lamp). Owner Lynas on Friday said the new licence would be valid until September 2019. 

Wind, solar can supply bulk of South Africa’s power at least cost, CSIR model shows 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 The dramatic fall in the cost of supplying power from wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) plants has moved the global electricity supply industry beyond a critical “tipping point”, which leading energy scientist Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz says is irreversibly altering the operating model, with... 

Deep Space Industries joins race to mine asteroids

By: Henry Lazenby     10th August 2016 Deep Space Industries (DSI) has entered the race to launch spacecraft that will identify and mine near-earth asteroids, in the hope of establishing a new space economy. The California-based company on Tuesday announced plans to fly the world’s first commercial interplanetary mining mission. Its... 

Cameco’s Yeelirrie project faces environmental hurdle

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th August 2016 The Western Australia (WA) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that Cameco’s Yeelirrie uranium project does not meet one of nine key environmental factors examined. Cameco is proposing to mine up to 7 500 t/y of uranium oxide concentrate from the Yeelirrie deposit, which is... 

Cost of fire suppression tailored in tough times

     22nd July 2016 Although mines are under extreme pressure to operate at tight margins, owing to the decline in commodities prices, fire suppression solutions company I-CAT has solutions in place to meet their needs. “We are geared to absorb the commodities price fluctuations and can ride the cycle to its... 

Mintek uses mining slump to overhaul analytical services laboratory ahead of upturn

By: Dylan Slater     22nd July 2016 State-owned mineral and metallurgical innovation company Mintek unveiled its newly overhauled analytical services division (ASD) earlier this month, declaring the new facility an investment in both its and the mining industry’s future. 

Arafura submits environmental impact statement for Nolans project

By: Samantha Herbst     23rd May 2016 ASX-listed rare earths company Arafura on Monday submitted the environmental impact statement (EIS) for its Nolans rare earths project to the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NTEPA), which the company highlighted as a significant milestone for the Nolans project. The EIS,... 

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2016 Located on a dead flat piece of land about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Upington and close to the Orange river, the curved solar collector mirrors, gleaming pipes and large molten-salt tanks of the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant stand in stark industrial contrast to the... 

Plea for adequate support and protection for pregnant mineworkers

By: Ilan Solomons     6th May 2016 Mining companies’ pregnancy polices need to guide mine management teams and protect the health and safety of pregnant female employees, says diamond mining group Petra Diamonds operational foreman Kagiso Mothoa. These policies must include protection measures for pregnant employees, the risks and... 

Denison reports strong returns on Wheeler River project at current prices

By: Henry Lazenby     6th April 2016 TSX- and NYSE MKT-listed Denison Mines has reported a strong pre-tax internal rate of return (IRR) of 20.4% at current uranium prices on its 60%-owned Wheeler River project, including a net present value (NPV) on a 100% basis of C$513-million, according to a preliminary economic assessment (PEA)... 

Watchdog claims poor public participation

By: Sascha Solomons     1st April 2016 The uranium mining industry is cause for concern and will create significant challenges for the Karoo community near Beaufort West, in the Western Cape, asserts faith-based environmental watchdog Southern African Faith  . He contends that the community has not been properly consulted by the... 

Enviro impact of mine top of mind

By: Lynne Jackson     18th March 2016 Environmental management company Cabanga Concepts has been contracted to yearly audit the environmental compliance of uranium and gold mining company Oakbay Resources & Energy subsidiary Shiva Uranium’s operations in Hartbeesfontein, in the North West. The Shiva mine is operating three... 

Uranium mining will provide major benefits for Karoo communities – Peninsula Energy

By: Ilan Solomons     19th February 2016 Exploring for and mining uranium in the Karoo will not have significant negative health and safety consequences for the environment and its inhabitants – it will rather assist in improving the social and economic prospects of the region, asserts uranium miner Peninsula Energy CEO John Andrew... 

Demand for logging tool soars since October launch

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th February 2016 Demand from the mining industry for the REFLEX EZ-GAMMA driller operable, gamma logging tool, used in geological mapping, has markedly increased since its launch in October last year, states downhole instrumentation, data management and data analysis technologies provider REFLEX. The REFLEX... 

Power generation still driving uranium demand, but environmental, health concerns persist

By: Ilan Solomons     29th January 2016 The future of the uranium mining industry will be largely dependent on the price of the commodity and the profitability of uranium mines, while demand for uranium in nuclear power stations and potentially for nuclear weapons remains the main driver for the commodity. This is according to... 

Power generation still driving uranium demand, but environmental, health concerns persist 

By: Ilan Solomons     29th January 2016 The future of the uranium mining industry will be largely dependent on the price of the commodity and the profitability of uranium mines, while demand for uranium in nuclear power stations and potentially for nuclear weapons remains the main driver for the commodity. This is according to North... 

New US law a boost for space exploration aspirations

By: Henry Lazenby     28th August 2015 The US House of Representatives took a firm stance on commercial space exploration when it passed the Space Resources Exploration and Utilisation Act of 2015 (SPACE Act) in May, providing an opportunity for companies to get off the ground and embrace a new era of space pioneering. “I think that... 

New US law a boost for space exploration aspirations

By: Henry Lazenby     28th August 2015 The US House of Representatives took a firm pro stance in the advance to commercial space exploration when it passed the Space Resources Exploration and Utilisation Act of 2015 (SPACE Act) in May, providing an opportunity for companies to get off the ground and embrace a new era of space... 

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