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Transnet praised for rapidly restoring stricken Saldanha iron-ore line 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2018 State rail transport enterprise Transnet has earned praise by pulling out all the stops to rapidly restore a railway bridge on South Africa’s crucial Sishen–Saldanha iron-ore line. The line came to a halt on November 28 after a truck carrying heavy equipment at excessive height on a public road... 

Gupta mining boss JP Arora gunned down

By: News24Wire      3rd December 2018 The CEO of Gupta-owned JIC Mining, JP Arora, was killed in a shooting on New Road in Midrand on Saturday night, police have confirmed. SAPS spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele said he could not confirm reports of Arora's car being sprayed with bullets. News24 has learned that Arora was returning... 

MC marginally lifts Q1 output, despite Makhado delays

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2018 Run-of-mine coal production at MC Mining’s Uitkomst colliery increased to 125 153 t in the quarter ended September 30, compared with the 125 108 t produced in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Third-party coal purchases for the quarter, which is the first quarter of MC’s 2019 financial... 

BHP’s Chief Commercial Officer says relationships are crucial in the supply chain

30th October 2018 While average realised prices have been strong for the most recent fiscal year, BHP’s Chief Commercial Officer, Arnoud Balhuizen has warned to not get too caught up with the numbers alone. “Prices have generally benefited disciplined owner-operators with high quality assets, particularly those... 

On-The-Air (26/10/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2018 South Africa is ahead of the world in the new race to develop innovative ‘power fuels’ that prevent climate change. An Australian company is selling its four big South African coal mines in Mpumalanga to new black owners. The Mandela Mining Precinct this week took its first steps towards the... 

New lease on life for Leeuwpan

26th October 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources’ Leeuwpan opencast coal mine, in Mpumalanga, was at risk of running out of coal, until last month a new road gave it access to coal reserves. “Leeuwpan needed to develop an area where it could mine another 5.1-million tons a year to extend its life by a further... 

Surface miners drive up savings in coal mining

26th October 2018 Mine operators have been increasingly turning to an alternative to conventional rip-and-stack or drill-and-blast coal mining – the use of surface miners. Diverse studies and tests show that surface miners offer considerable advantages in terms of both economic efficiency and the final product. 

Kazatomprom confirms plan for London, Astana IPO

By: Reuters     22nd October 2018 The world's biggest uranium miner, Kazakh state firm Kazatomprom, confirmed on Monday its intention to list global depository receipts on the London stock exchange as part of an initial public offering. The company, which announed the preliminary plan last week and said it would also list shares... 

Falling grades bring down Mt Cattlin production - Galaxy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources has seen a 35% fall in production during the September quarter, as grades at the Mt Cattlin operation, in Western Australia, declined. Lithium concentrate production during the third quarter reached 31 156 t, down from the 47 901 t produced in the previous quarter. 

Renewable energy industry comments on draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 The renewable energy sector in South Africa has welcomed the draft Integrated Resource Plant (IRP) 2018, but has also expressed concerns. “While the IRP forecasting is rational in its choices, it unfortunately requires us to accept some overly optimistic assumptions,” said the South African... 

Asanko tracking top end of H2 guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     17th October 2018 Mining operations at the Asanko Gold Mine (AGM) are ahead of plan, standing the Ghana joint venture (JV) operation in good stead to meet its full-year production guidance of 200 000 oz to 220 000 oz. The mine – a 50:50 JV between Asanko Gold and Gold Fields – produced a record 61 599 oz in the... 

Oyu Tolgoi underground production delay announced

By: Mariaan Webb     16th October 2018 The $5.3-billion underground project at the Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mine, in Mongolia, remains on schedule to be completed by 2022, but operator Rio Tinto has flagged a nine-month delay in achieving sustainable production. Rio Tinto-owned Turquoise Hill, which holds the giant mine in a 66:34... 

Highfield ups capital cost estimate for Spain potash project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2018 An optimised feasibility study into the Muga potash project, in Spain, has increased the project capital cost requirements, ASX-listed Highfield Resources reported on Monday. A 2015 definitive feasibility study estimated a capital investment of $256-million would be required to deliver... 

Mining at Gruyere to start in November

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2018 The Gruyere gold project, in Western Australia, remains on schedule to produce its first gold in the June quarter of next year. Joint venture (JV) partners Gold Road Resources and Gold Fields on Monday revealed that the overall project engineering was about 96% complete at the end of the... 

Transnet tests world’s longest manganese production train

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2018 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has successfully run a 375-wagon manganese train over a distance of 861 km from Sishen to Saldanha Bay. This formed part of the testing of the 4-km-long train, which will, once in operation, be a production train with the highest number of wagons in the world, and the... 

New size for the Nokian Armor Gard 2 excavator tire

10th October 2018 In the spring of 2018, Nokian Tyres introduced a new excavator tire with a feature set matching perfectly the challenges of the urban excavation work. Now, Nokian Armor Gard 2 can be fitted to a wider variety of excavators, thanks to its new 11.00-20 size. Nokian Armor Gard 2, a true next... 

SAPSDA joins SASSDA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 In 2013 the South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma®) was requested by the dti as well as ESKOM to form the South African Pump Cluster and in order to comply with the dti requirement to form a cluster, Sapma had to change from being an employer’s association to become a development... 

Mercedes-Benz rolls out fuel-cell SUV to tackle tech hurdles

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 Mercedes-Benz will soon start handing over its latest fuel-cell electric car to fleet customers to keep a toe-hold in a promising technology that’s been hampered by the difficulties of storing and refueling hydrogen. The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell model combines a fuel cell with a battery that can... 

Coeur maintains guidance despite lower Q3 output

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2018 NYSE-listed miner Coeur Mining has maintained its production guidance for the year, despite reporting lower third-quarter production results, at 8.5-million ounces of silver equivalent. The company, which owns mines in Mexico, the US and Canada, produced 2.9-million ounces of silver, 88 833 oz... 

MGX prepares for drilling programme at new Chile projects

By: Mariaan Webb     9th October 2018 Canadian firm MGX Minerals is set to hit the road running in Chile, announcing on Tuesday that it had made its option agreement to acquire an interest in three lithium projects definitive and that it would start a drilling programme this week. MGX, which in August announced an option to buy into... 

Chile eyes new copper markets to shield economy from trade war

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Chile aims to find new copper markets and expand its lithium industry as it seeks to shield its economy from a US.China trade war, the mining minister of the world's biggest copper producer said on Monday. Baldo Prokurica also told Reuters the South American nation was considering further... 

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... 

Peru's mining investment boom leaves political woes behind

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2018 Peru’s ability to post eight consecutive months of investment growth is calming fears that political woes would derail mining activity in the world’s second-largest producer of copper, zinc and silver. Mining investment in Peru jumped 6.3% August compared with last year, to $395-million,... 

MacLean acquires Sudbury underground test facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 MacLean Engineering (“MacLean”) has purchased the former MTI test facility on Magill Street in the Lively neighbourhood of Sudbury, Ontario, less than a 10-minute drive from the MacLean Sales, Service and Support Centre on Kelly Lake Road. The property includes an approximately 300-metre... 

Makhado project’s environmental authorisation faces fresh appeal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2018 MC Mining plans to follow due process to have a fresh appeal against an environmental authorisation (EA) for its Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project dismissed. The appeal by what MC described as a “narrow interest group” has resulted in the suspension of the amended EA. 

Customer-centric businesses leading the pack

28th September 2018 Supply chain solutions provider Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL) believes that customercentricity is much more than just good customer service.   “It’s about creating an experience from the moment we first engage with a client until after our services have been rendered,” says BLP international... 

Irony of resource-rich Africa remaining poor must be reversed

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2018 There are many world leaders holding thumbs that Africa will move to the next level in the not too distant future. Encouraging African steps just taken include the African Continental Free Trade Agreement between 44 African Union member states, with the goal of creating a single market. But even... 

Lifting-equipment orders from Zambia’s Mopani Copper Mines exceed R100m – Condra Cranes

By: Nadine James     28th September 2018 Condra Cranes shipment of lifting equipment despatched in late August to Zambia-based copper mine Mopani Copper Mines has raised Condra’s order intake from Mopani to more than R100-million. Comprising one electric travelling overhead crane, 38 hoists, two large, and seven smaller, jib cranes, the... 

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,... 

Damage to West Coast beaches from mining can be kept to 'acceptable' levels, say consultants

By: News24Wire      26th September 2018 Consultants employed by Australian company Mineral Sands Resources (MSR) have acknowledged that the massive expansion of mining for mineral sands on 10 West Coast beaches north of the Olifants River estuary will cause unavoidable environmental damage, but claim that the damage can be reduced to... 

IDM's Red Mountain entering final enviro assessment stage

By: Mariaan Webb     21st September 2018 The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEA) has initiated the final stage of the Red Mountain gold project environmental assessment process, inviting public comment on the draft report and potential conditions that will be applied. The draft comment period runs until October 18, and a... 

Minergy lauds Botswana regulatory authorities

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2018 Minergy CEO Andre Bojé is full of praise for Botswana’s regulatory authorities, who he says use legislation to assist mining investment. Minergy, which is listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, has begun work on its maiden 390-million-tonne Masama, located in the Mmamabula coalfield, 50 km north... 

China's iron-ore demand to remain flat as scrap steel use rises

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 China's iron-ore demand is expected to stay flat, said an official from Baoshan Iron & Steel Co, the country's biggest listed steelmaker, as Beijing's stricter environmental rules boost the use of scrap steel. China's growing stockpiles of scrap steel should also increase its use in steelmaking... 

Resource-rich Africa, Masama coal mine and Pan African's reconfiguration make headlines  

20th September 2018 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses getting resource-rich Africa on the road the success, the Masama coal mine and Pan African’s reconfigured gold operations.   

Rainbow sees positive outcomes in FY18

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 Following years of planning and preparation, LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths’ Gakara project, in Burundi, entered production in the 2018 financial year, ended June 30, and exported 575 t of rare earths concentrate. In a market dominated by Chinese producers, Rainbow chairperson Adonis Pouroulis... 

Velocity completes Rozino PEA, earns 70% stake

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2018 Eastern Europe-focused Velocity Minerals has completed a positive preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Rozino openpit gold project, paving the way for the TSX-V-listed company to earn its 70% in Bulgaria project. The assessment is based on an openpit mining operation, which recovers... 

New Botswana coal mine development under way – Minergy

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2018 Work is under way on the new Masama coal mine, which Botswana Stock Exchange-listed Minergy expects to commission in January, ahead of its primary listing on London’s Alternative Investment Market (Aim) in the first half of next year. The 390-million-tonne Masama, located in the Mmamabula... 

Top miner sees US-China trade tensions limiting global growth

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2018 Rising US-China trade tensions threaten to curb consumer purchasing power, crimp productivity growth and limit global economic expansion, according to the world’s biggest mining company. The confrontation between the world’s top two economies, “along with an increasingly unpredictable policy... 

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