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New South African zinc mine going digital

     15th December 2017 Zinc miner Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) is collaborating with digital industrial company GE South Africa to implement a Smart Ore Movement system at its flagship Gamsberg project, in the Northern Cape, to ensure that best practices are in place when the mine goes into production next year. 

Christo Visser

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2017 This week Mining Weekly features Christo Visser, the newly appointed senior VP origination covering Australia, South East Asia, Russia and the CIS 

BME’s West African footprint expands as it clinches Mali blasting service contract

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 West Africa remains an exciting region for South Africa-based explosives and blasting leader BME, which has won a full blasting service contract for a new opencast gold mining operation that is set to become the largest producer in Mali. From 2006 to 2015, 18 mines were opened in the region,... 

Lupaka upgrades Invicta road as a critical step towards imminent production

By: Henry Lazenby     12th December 2017 Peru-focused gold explorer and project developer Lupaka Gold has appointed a contractor to expand, enhance, and modify 27 km of road starting from the paved Huacho-Churin-Oyon highway, located at about 1 500 m above sea level, up to the Invicta project, located at about 3 500 m above sea level.... 

First mover Noront shifts RoF focus to Cu/Zn exploration

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2017 With the first commitments in place to build roads into Northern Ontario’s emerging Ring of Fire (RoF) mining camp, regional first mover Noront Resources is taking the opportunity to continue to build out its inventory of polymetallic resources by prioritising copper/zinc targets for exploration... 

Mine improves output as copper price slated to rise

     8th December 2017 In the medium to long term, the fundamental outlook for copper is among the strongest of all metals, says diversified natural resources producer Eurasian Resources Group (ERC), which has copper assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “The lack of major copper plants due on stream,... 

SA firm takes first steps into US market with new blasting technology

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th December 2017 With growth for the Axxis blasting technology having increased substantially each year over the past five years, Africa-based blasting and explosives leader BME has, in enhancing the brand’s growth, taken its first steps into the US market. The company conducted six successful test blasts in... 

World's No 1 miner sees bigger role for carbon-capture systems

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2017 BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company, said wider use of systems that trap carbon emissions will be needed to meet international climate goals, even as investments in the technology stall. “We have knowledge of geology, markets and economics, so there’s probably something we can bring... 

Harmony Gold spells out value of Moab investment

By: Martin Creamer     6th December 2017 The acquisition of the Moab Khotsong gold mine represents a significant list of advantages for Harmony Gold, the company outlined in an investor brief on Wednesday. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed gold mining company calculates that inclusion of the Moab Khotsong operations the company... 

Mining should prepare for future of technology and automation

By: Mariaan Webb     6th December 2017 Global mining major BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie says the mining industry has to show leadership and prepare its workforce for a future in which technology will play an ever-important role. In a philosophical address at the Melbourne Mining Club this week that also delved into how the West and the... 

Concor Infrastructure Boosts Order Book With New Contracts

     5th December 2017 Concor Infrastructure recently secured two significant contracts in the mining sector, and managing director, Eric Wisse, says the company, formerly known as Murray & Roberts Infrastructure, is well positioned to take advantage of the recently increased optimism in the mining space. As part of... 

Creamer Media wows market with combined subscription offer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th December 2017 Creamer Media’s Research Channel Africa is a powerful information tool, providing real-time intelligence on industry and mining developments in Africa. Publishing Editor, Martin Creamer urges readers to “make a smart choice for 2018 and take up Creamer Media’s combined subscription offer”.  This... 

Banro defers December interest payment

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd December 2017 Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) focused miner Banro Corp has decided to defer an interest payment of $4.94-million that was due on Friday for up to 30 days. Under the terms of the indenture governing the 10% notes due 2021, no event of default will occur if the interest payment is made... 

The cobalt crunch for electric cars could be solved in suburbia

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2017 Almost 9 000 miles from the dusty Congo savanna, miners have hit on an entirely new source of cobalt – the rare mineral at the heart of the electric-car boom. And not only can they take coffee breaks, when they take a break, they can grab a doughnut at Tim Hortons. Scientists working for American... 

Cobalt’s dramatic demand bump gives rise to novel investment vehicle

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 Cobalt supply constraints, coupled with a never-before-seen boom in the adoption rate of electric vehicles (EV) across the globe, have conspired to create an ideal market in which a pure-play cobalt investment and participation vehicle's profits can outpace its peers. Cobalt, a critical ‘energy... 

Pilot Crushtec launches modular solutions, increases service offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st December 2017 Crushing and screening specialists Pilot Crushtec International has launched two new products – the Pilot Modular MAXIscalp 600 and the Metso Nordplant C80 primary crushing station intended for use in modular configurations – at its 2017 Open Day last month.   The MAXIscalp 600 is the world’s... 

South Zambezi delivers Engineering services: for Africa by Africans 

By: Tracy Hancock     1st December 2017 South Zambezi corporate director Sikanyisiwe Phiri and Makoko Makgonye discuss its role in developing Africa 

Ancuabe graphite project’s mineral resources increases by 59%

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th November 2017 The mineral resource at ASX-listed Triton Minerals’ Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique, has increased by 59% to 44-million tonnes, at an average grade of 6.6% total graphitic content (TGC). This follows a “highly successful” exploration and resource definition drilling campaign undertaken... 

Prieska project to start production by 2020

By: Nadine James     29th November 2017 Dual-listed base metals miner Orion Minerals’ Prieska zinc/copper project could start production by 2020, says Orion MD and CEO Errol Smart. Addressing a media roundtable on Tuesday, he commented that the current project timeline envisages the completion of a Joint Ore Reserves... 

Lupaka kicks off Invicta PEA

By: Henry Lazenby     29th November 2017 Peru-focused gold explorer and project developer Lupaka Gold has appointed consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting Canada the lead contractor to prepare a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on its 100%-owned Invicta gold project. Invicta is an advanced-stage gold/copper polymetallic... 

Kibaran receives resettlement approval for Epanko

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2017 Australia-based junior Kibaran Resources on Tuesday reported that the Tanzanian government had approved the resettlement action plan (RAP) compensation schedules for its Epanko graphite project. The chief valuer from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development (MLHHSD)... 

BHP targets cost cuts; sees upside in copper, steel prices

By: Reuters     28th November 2017 Top global miner BHP Billiton said on Tuesday it will drive further cost cuts across its Australian business, and forecast strong price support from China for steelmaking raw materials. BHP will target $1.6-billion in productivity gains at its Australia iron-ore, copper and coal units over the... 

Noront hits encouraging VMS mineralisation at McFaulds No 8; requests proposals for plant

By: Henry Lazenby     27th November 2017 Ring of Fire (RoF) development champion Noront Resources has intersected encouraging results at the McFaulds No 8 volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) deposit, hosted on the property where the first discoveries in the RoF were made and which spurred the initial staking rush in 2002 to 2003. The... 

Electric cars' success leaves Toyota isolated with hydrogen bet

By: Bloomberg     27th November 2017 Toyota Motor, which has made a big bet on hydrogen-powered cars, is looking more isolated as industry rivals double down on plug-in electric vehicles as the dominant technology in the emerging post-fossil fuel era. Three years ago, Toyota president Akio Toyoda, grandson of company founder... 

Blackham secures A$60m for Matilda-Wiluna

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th November 2017 ASX-listed Blackham Resources has taken a major step towards completing the refinancing of its 6.5-million ounce Matilda/Wiluna operation, in Western Australia, with an agreed initial A$60-million funding package with Pacific Road Capital. The proceeds will be used to refinance Blackham’s current... 

‘Mining’ the most out of OTR tyres with NitraLife’s nitrogen filling: improved safety, better inflation and less ‘hot air’

     24th November 2017 Today, in the mining industry, safety standards are more stringent than ever. Should a mine experience an incident, which results in an injury or even a fatality, the subsequent legal consequences and financial penalties can be severe. A potential risk in open-pit mines concerns the ultra-large... 

Company offers mine to market solutions

     24th November 2017 Combining concept-to-completion expertise with design and major project delivery capabilities for the minerals and metals sector, from bulk commodities to rare earths, professional services provider WorleyParsons offers its customers complete mine-to-market solutions from inception to... 

Rally behind Ramaphosa’s inspiring ‘New Deal’ speech

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa made several crucial points in his highly significant ‘New Deal’ speech in Soweto last week. Delivered only week’s away from the important 54th National Conference of the African National Congress, the 'New Deal' speech has all the hallmarks of a blueprint for the... 

Precision control boosts productivity on Bobcat E55 compact excavator

     23rd November 2017 Precision control of the boom, arm, and bucket is critical in harsh operating environments such as Africa. It is for this reason that Bobcat Equipment South Africa is punting the Bobcat E55 compact excavator as the toughest and most efficient machine on the market today. Precision control and... 

Coal India steps up logistics to ease short-term shortages

By: Ajoy K Das     23rd November 2017 Faced with dips in production growth and dwindling stocks to bank on, Coal India Limited (CIL) is hoping that a beefed up logistics and distribution solution will ease the clamour for dry fuel among various end-user industries. The miner reckons that increasing volumes transported by road and... 

Torex sets El Limon Guajes record straight as rival unions clash

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd November 2017 Canadian gold producer Torex Gold Resources has issued a press release criticising a labour union and the media for spreading misinformation regarding an incident over the weekend where two people were killed near its El Limon Guajes (ELG) mine, in Mexico. The Toronto-based company said that an... 

After 130 years cooling comes to the oldest listed mine

     22nd November 2017 As you mine deeper, sooner or later it’s going to get hot. And so it has at Barberton, although it has taken more than a hundred years. BBE Projects have recently commissioned a refrigeration and air cooling system at Barberton Mine’s Fairview Shaft to provide much-needed cooling for the on-going... 

Aurelia raises A$70m to fund Peak mines acquisition

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd November 2017 New South Wales-based explorer and developer Aurelia Metals has received strong support from investors for its capital raising to fund the acquisition of the Peak mines, in Cobar, from Canadian miner New Gold. An oversubscribed institutional placement raised A$70-million, which together with a... 

New Gold sells Peak mines for $58m

By: Anine Kilian     21st November 2017 TSX-and NYSE-listed intermediate gold miner New Gold has entered into a binding agreement with ASX-listed Aurelia Metals to sell its Peak mines in Cobar, New South Wales, Australia for a cash consideration of $58-million. Aurelia intends to fund the transaction through a combination of an... 

Gold Road locks in portion of Gruyere’s production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th November 2017 Gold development and exploration company Gold Road, which is building the Gruyere gold mine in a joint venture with South Africa’s Gold Fields, has entered into forward sales with two major banks for up to 200 000 oz of Australian dollar denominated forward sales. To date, the company has locked... 

Sampling confirms lithium in Namibia – Montero

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2017 Exploration and development company Montero, which is putting mineralisation to the test in Namibia in search of a lithium resource, on Friday confirmed the presence of the soft silver-white metal in central Namibia. “Montero’s first channel sampling programme has confirmed lithium,” Montero CEO... 

Eskom’s business model is ‘no longer fit for purpose’ 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2017 Organised business made an impassioned plea this week for government to urgently review Eskom’s business model, which it said was “no longer fit for purpose”. In a presentation to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, business also warned that, in the absence of a holistic view within... 

Research Channel Africa 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th November 2017 Creamer Media’s Research Channel Africa is a powerful information tool.  When your company subscribes to the Research Channel Africa, found at www.researchchannel.co.za , you will have access to real-time intelligence on industry and mining in Africa. At you finger tips, you will be able to... 

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