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Creamer Media announces special offer for Real Economy Yearbook to be published in June

     24th April 2017 The next edition of Creamer Media’s Real Economy Yearbook will be published on 30 June 2017 and will provide a researched overview of the state of play in a number of industrial and mining sectors. As in previous years, the Real Economy Yearbook will include updates on key news developments in... 

Strengthening fundamentals continue to bolster ‘new age’ metals outlook

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd April 2017 ‘Big money’ investors are increasingly looking to invest in the relatively small ‘new-age metals’ space, comprising metals such as lithium, graphite and cobalt, as strengthening fundamentals for these minerals and an unprecedented high-impact investment opportunity draw the potential for bonanza... 

Kal Tire buys Tyre Corporation’s South African operations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 North American company Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group has acquired Tyre Corporation, expanding its footprint in South Africa, with 800 team members across 80 mine sites. “Tyre Corporation is a recognised market leader in underground mining tyre services and sales and we are excited to bring their... 

Digging deeper becoming more attractive, financially possible

By: Victor Moolman     21st April 2017 Developing a new shaft is regarded as a grudge purchase by mining companies and their shareholders because of the capital-intensive nature of such projects. However, 2017 Rapid Underground Mine & Civil Access Conference organising chairperson Murray Macnab avers that underground orebodies are... 

Focus on construction at Bisie conflict-free tin project

     21st April 2017 Tin exploration and development company Alphamin Resources’ current focus is on preparing its 80.75%-owned Bisie tin project, in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), for construction. According to a presentation by Alphamin CEO Boris Kamstra at the 2017 Investing in African... 

Alphamin appoints Swanepoel, Baloyi to board; starts mine boxcut construction

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2017 TSX-listed Alphamin Resources, which is developing the Bisie tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has appointed Bernard Swanepoel and Paul Baloyi to its board. Swanepoel currently also serves on the boards of miners Impala Platinum, Zimplats, eXtract Limited, African Rainbow Minerals... 

Wealth gap leaves Ivorians craving share of 'economic miracle'

By: Bloomberg     20th April 2017 Standing knee-deep in muddy water to sift gravel in oppressive heat, a handful of middle-aged miners search for diamonds, clinging to what seems like a dying trade in a region with few job opportunities. “It’s unpredictable,” Pierre Silue, a 46-year-old miner wearing ragged clothes, said as he... 

Dacian saves on Mt Morgans costs

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2017 Gold developer Dacian Gold has shaved A$23.1-million from the A$172-million infrastructure capital costs of its planned Mt Morgans gold project, in Western Australia. The ASX-listed company has executed the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Mt Morgans project with... 

Americas Silver gains momentum in transition to low-cost producer by 2018

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2017 Bolstered by improving silver and base metals prices, junior miner Americas Silver is in the home stretch to deliver on a four-year turnaround strategy at its two operating mining complexes in Sinaloa state, Mexico and Idaho, in the US. “We have a lot of intrinsic value that’s about to be... 

Osisko picks future Windfall Lake mill site in Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Quebec

By: Henry Lazenby     14th April 2017 Montreal-based Osisko Mining has identified a site near Lebel-sur-Quevillon, in Quebec, for the future mill complex that will treat ore from its flagship Windfall Lake gold project. Osisko stated Wednesday it intends to evaluate the site location through the environmental assessment process and... 

Noront, Marten Falls First Nation ink exploration and project advancement agreement

By: Henry Lazenby     14th April 2017 The largest landholder in the so-called Ring of Fire, an emerging base and precious metals mining camp in Northern Ontario, has signed an exploration and project advancement agreement with the Marten Falls First Nation (MFFN). The accord stipulates compensation for work already completed on... 

2017 important for industry growth in Nigeria

By: Johane Turkstra     14th April 2017 With the introduction of the Nigerian mining-growth roadmap, 2017 will be an important year for sector development and industry growth in the country, and Mining Investment Africa endeavours to be part of this engine of growth, says event organiser Spire Events MD Daniel Radziszewski. The... 

Geospatial surveys the solution to map West Africa

By: Johane Turkstra     14th April 2017 Airborne geophysics can cost effectively uncover valuable metal deposits in largely underexplored West Africa to allow for growth in the region’s mining sector, airborne electromagnetic technology pioneer Spectrem Air geophysics manager Dr David Khoza tells Mining Weekly. “Countries like Ghana,... 

Iron Road in talks with Chinese groups for CEIP funding

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th April 2017 A number of major Chinese financial institutions have expressed interest to provide the $3-billion debt financing required to develop the Central Eyre iron project (CEIP), owner Iron Road has reported. The company has received formal expressions of interest from the China Development Bank, the... 

Diesel tax refund system should be simplified – KPMG

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th April 2017 As the National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (Sars) work to streamline the current diesel refund system, KPMG believes the development of a more simplified and concise refund framework is needed, particularly in reference to mining sector beneficiaries. The current Sars diesel... 

Digital advances in mining out of sync with scale of potential – EY report

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th April 2017 Mining companies are failing to take advantage of digital technology to address productivity issues, says advisory firm Ernst & Young (EY), which believes that digital transformation is a critical enabler to tackle productivity and margin challenges in the mining and metals sector. A new EY... 

Mountain size trouble for Australian coal lines

By: Reuters     7th April 2017 Global coking coal supplies have been drastically interrupted by a small stretch of rail that wraps around a modest-sized Australian mountain range – and repair crews are unable to find a quick fix. Australian rail operator Aurizon Holdings Ltd said on Friday it would take another four weeks to... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

Red Pine ‘connecting the dots’ at Wawa flagship

By: Henry Lazenby     6th April 2017 The most recent exploration campaign by junior gold explorer Red Pine Exploration on its flagship Wawa gold project, in Ontario, has found five stacked mineralised gold zones outside of the existing compliant inferred resource, blowing new life into a promising prospect in a high-grade historic... 

Monty a good source for DeGrussa – study

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2017 A feasibility study (FS) into the Monty copper-gold joint venture (JV) between ASX-listed Sandfire Resources and Talisman Mining has confirmed that the project can be developed into a satellite ore source for the DeGrussa operation, in Western Australia. The FS found that Monty could deliver some... 

Danakali to short-list mining contractors for Colluli

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th April 2017 Potash developer Danakali has completed the expressions of interest process for mining contractors at its Colluli potash project, in Eritrea, saying the contract tendering process will start shortly. The company received expressions of interest from mining contractors in Australia, South Africa... 

Africa Automation Fair 2017 unveils Connected Industries conference

     5th April 2017 South Africa’s key industrial automation and control event, Africa Automation Fair, will this year host a high-level conference on Connected Industries in line with growing international focus on the ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the advanced, connected industries of the future. The... 

Barkerville to initiate immediate mine development on receipt of amended BC permit

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2017 Junior mine developer Barkerville Gold Mines (BGM) will start immediate development and mining of the Bonanza Ledge deposit, at Barkerville Mountain near Wells, British Columbia, after completing the permit amendment process mandated by the provincial Mines Act. The TSX-V-listed company expects... 

Uretech, HMA Group in venture to establish an African presence

     3rd April 2017 Uretech, a local manufacturer of polyurethane products such as wear liners for the mining industry, has entered into an agreement with the HMA Group of Australia to have its product range distributed internationally. In turn, the HMA Group’s wide product range will now be made available in Africa... 

Floods hamper restart of Qld coal exports

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd April 2017 The resumption of coal exports from Queensland could be delayed by several weeks, as the state recovers from the damage caused by cyclone Debbie, which hit last week. The Goonyella system, which connects the Darymple Bay coal terminal and the Hay Point coal terminal, has been closed since March... 

Slag use in building system offers multiple benefits

     31st March 2017 Alternative construction system company Moladi has developed a means of incorporating mine slag into its Moladi mix, offering mining companies a viable method for recycling their waste material and reduced construction costs when developing mine-site accommodation. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Strong outlook for recovering ferrochrome industry – Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2017 Ferrochrome and chrome ore prices recovered from rock bottom in the first quarter of last year to levels twice and four times higher in 2017, a year in which a shortage of electricity supply has ceased to be a constraining factor, ferrochrome company Merafe reports. Despite market volatility in... 

Turnkey Instruments

     31st March 2017 Gauteng-based industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Turnkey Instruments South Africa (SA) produces a range of instruments for the mining and quarrying industries, as well as local police and authorities. Its product portfolio includes road vehicle brake testers and window tint... 

Mining starts at Edenville’s Rukwa project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th March 2017 Mining has started at Aim-listed Edenville Energy’s Rukwa coal-to-power project, with the crushing of several hundred tonnes of coal already completed. The miner on Thursday said the majority of the coal produced so far has been crushed using a temporary crushing facility Edenville refurbished... 

Big boost for platinum as world's mayors tackle urban air pollution 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2017 The plans of the mayors of the world’s biggest cities to tackle urban air pollution head-on are a major plus for platinum, which catalyses the exhaust systems of vehicles and is the key metal in the emergence of emission-destroying fuel cells. The clean-air programme is being spearheaded by C40... 

NUM goes to war over proposed Eskom power station closures

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday said it was planning mass protest action over State-owned power utility Eskom’s decision to mothball five power stations to make room for independent power producers (IPPs). In an effort to “save” Eskom from bankruptcy and privatisation, as... 

Diavik mine, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 A diamond mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories. 

First Bougouni drilling assays ‘highly encouraging’

     24th March 2017 West-Africa-focused mineral exploration and development company Kodal Minerals has a busy exploration programme planned for the months ahead, with a focus on its lithium projects at Bougouni, in Mali.  CEO Bernard Aylward said in February that the company would return to drill its Ngoualana... 

More focus needed on ESG factors

By: Johane Turkstra     24th March 2017 Mining companies operating globally need to pay greater attention to their social licence to operate in terms of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors associated with their projects, says mining industry consultant MSA principal environmental consultant Robin Bolton.... 

Rainbow progresses Burundi rare earths project

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2017 Rare earth elements mining company Rainbow Rare Earths has started work on the now fully permitted Gakara rare earths project, in Burundi, ahead of trial mining. Following its $8-million fundraising and successful initial public offering (IPO) on the LSE in January, preparation for mining at... 

Trilogy pulls the trigger on high-grade copper Arctic prefeasibility study

By: Henry Lazenby     20th March 2017 Alaska-focused mineral explorer Trilogy Metals will undertake a prefeasibility study (PFS) on the Arctic project, in Northwest Alaska – one of the highest-grade copper deposits known in the world with an average grade of 6% copper equivalent. "The PFS will demonstrate the true value of the... 

German coal mine to be reborn as giant pumped hydropower battery

By: Bloomberg     17th March 2017 A coal mine that powered German industry for almost half a century will get a new lease on life when it’s turned into a giant battery that stores excess solar and wind energy. The state of North-Rhine Westphalia is set to turn its Prosper-Haniel hard coal mine into a 200 MW pumped-storage... 

Surface miner proves its mettle in S Africa trials

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Mining and construction services provider Wirtgen South Africa has successfully finalised trials of its 2200 SM surface miner at three coal mines, in Mpumalanga, where the capabilities of the machine were tested under local mining conditions, proving that it is a viable alternative to opencast... 

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