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Booyco Electronics

Booyco Electronics (Pty) Ltd is a market leader in the innovation and supply of specialised electronic safety equipment to the southern African mining sector. Some of these warning, locating and monitoring systems are unique in the industry and new products are being introduced to the line-up on an ongoing basis.

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Rustenburg Mining & Industrial Expo

7th February 2019 M.I.S International provides a Mining & Industrial Exhibition that brings new products to market with resounding success.  

Vale loses licence at dam that caused iron-ore force majeure

By: Bloomberg     7th February 2019 Vale’s licence to operate a dam key to production at one of its largest mines was revoked by a Brazilian state regulator on February 5, adding another hurdle to efforts by the iron ore king to return to normal operations. Shares declined. The world’s largest miner of the steelmaking ingredient... 

Vale moves to reduce reliance on tailings dams

By: Mariaan Webb     6th February 2019 Disaster-hit Vale has announced a R$1.5-billion (about $390-million) investment in the implementation of dry stacking technology, as the company moves to reduce its reliance on tailings dams. By 2023, Vale will rely on dry processing for 70% of its production, compared with 40% in 2014 and 60%... 

Institute forecasts better year for silver

By: Mariaan Webb     6th February 2019 Following a challenging year for silver, reflected in the muted price performance of 2018, the Silver Institute expects 2019 to be a better year for the metal and that prices will regain some shine. The Washington-based nonprofit industry association says it expects sentiment for the silver... 

Vale declares force majeure on iron-ore after halt at mine

By: Bloomberg     6th February 2019 Vale did something it said it wasn’t going to do in the wake of the deadly tailings dam collapse in Brazil last month – declare force majeure on some of its iron ore contracts. Futures in Singapore gained. The Brazilian mining giant invoked the clause a day after a judge forced it to suspend... 

Obuasi mine to be an engine of growth for AngloGold, says CEO

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2019 AngloGold Ashanti CEO Kelvin Dushnisky is very upbeat about developing its Obuasi gold mine, in Ghana, and has described it as being "in a class of its own on a number of metrics".  “It will be an engine of growth for this company. You need big, chunky engines of growth which, year after year,... 

Ramaphosa challenges mining to take ten value-adding steps   

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday challenged the mining industry to take ten value-adding steps to hoist the industry into a potent new orbit across the entire continent. Addressing the Investing in African Mining Indaba, the president said he wished to issue a challenge against the background... 

Epiroc and Elf Drilling – keeping the finger on the mining pulse

5th February 2019 Epiroc has once again rocked the local mining space with a landmark sale of the first BenchREMOTE in South Africa to key customer, Elf Drilling. The innovative BenchREMOTE is an advanced monitoring system, which can be linked to up to three SmartROCs and is ideal for removing the operator from... 

Newmont appoints Rio Tinto exec as new COO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th February 2019 Global gold miner Newmont has appointed Rio Tinto’s head of productivity Rob Atkinson as executive VP and COO with effect from June 1, the company announced on Monday. Atkinson will succeed Tom Palmer, who is taking over as CEO from Gary Goldberg, who will retire in the fourth quarter. 

Partnerships central to the Investing in African Mining Indaba

By: Kim Cloete     4th February 2019 Mutually beneficial partnerships are at the heart of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town, this year, which has grown from a conference attended by a few hundred attendees to around 4 000 in its twenty-fifth anniversary year this year. “The mining industry is in a position to make... 

Call made for better connection with mining communities, stable regulation

By: Kim Cloete     4th February 2019 Stakeholders in the mining industry have called for stable regulation and agreed that there needs to be more collaboration and communication between mining houses, communities and mineworkers. Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town that mining... 

Minerals Council reports mining industry’s 2018 successes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th February 2019 South Africa’s mining industry contributed R356-billion to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018, an increase on the R335-billion contribution in 2017, the Minerals Council South Africa ‘Facts and Figures 2018 Pocketbook’ shows. The pocketbook, which was released on Monday during a... 

Implats expects higher H1 output, earnings a share

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th February 2019 JSE-listed Impala Platinum (Implats) expects to report a 10% year-on-year increase in refined platinum production to 800 000 oz for the six months ended December 31, compared with the 727 000 oz produced in the six months ended December 31, 2017. The increase in refined platinum production is... 

South African miners to review construction of tailings dams after Brazil disaster

By: African News Agency      1st February 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday said local miners would be reviewing their tailing storage facilities construction, maintenance and operating protocols following the collapse of the tailings dam at Brumadinho in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. At least 60 people have been... 

Brazil's costly mining failures tied to cheap waste storage

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2019 The deadly collapse of a Vale tailings dam in Brazil is serving as a wake-up call for an industry that regularly cuts costs by storing mining waste in the cheapest possible way. The slurry of ground rock and effluents left over after companies extract marketable minerals from the ground has been... 

IGO reports record production

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st February 2019 Diversified miner Independence Group has delivered a record quarter at its Nova nickel and Tropicana gold projects, in Western Australia. The ASX-listed company this week reported that nickel production from the Nova operation reached 7 574 t during the three months to December, up from the 6... 

Pan African’s low-cost Elikhulu exceeding expectations

By: Nadine James     1st February 2019 Pan African Resources’ Elikhulu operation, in Evander, Mpumalanga is achieving a better-than-expected production performance, CEO Cobus Loots noted during an investor and media tour at the operation, on Thursday. As reported by Mining Weekly Online last month, the Elikhulu project, which started... 

Victoria considers new manslaughter laws for workplaces

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st February 2019 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has warned the Victorian government that new workplace safety laws could give rise to unintended consequences, which could impair rather than enhance the safety at workplaces. The Victorian government on Friday said that it has stated work on workplace... 

Logistics a weak link in South Africa’s coal value chain

By: Tracy Hancock     1st February 2019 There needs to be greater impetus on improving the infrastructure that transports coal for domestic use and for export in South Africa. One way of doing so is by dealing with the overuse of road transport and coordinating the logistics of junior miners, which contribute to inefficient coal... 

Company launches on-site mechanical seal replacement

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     1st February 2019 Heavy-duty slurry pump manufacturer Hazelton Pumps launched its latest innovation, the Hazelton Pumps On-Site Mechanical Seal Replacement System, for its Hippo slurry pump range used predominantly in mining. “The system is designed so that the client can replace the mechanical seals of the pump... 

SA Hippo in demand for US coal mines

1st February 2019 The HIPPO flameproof, medium/high voltage, submersible slurry pump manufactured by heavy-duty slurry pump manufacturer Hazelton Pumps is regarded as the world leader when pumping acidic liquids containing solids at high heads and high volumes and has been exported to the major mining countries.... 

Krebs brings new levels of hydraulic efficiency in slurry applications

1st February 2019 The Krebs slurryMAX range of slurry pumps from global minerals process specialist FLSmidth has brought new levels of hydraulic efficiency to Africa’s slurry operations.  

New tech protects pumps against dry running

1st February 2019 A new type of detection technology from global technology powerhouse Siemens protects centrifugal pumps from dry running in hazardous areas. For this purpose, the corporation has developed special current/voltage detection modules for its Simocode pro motor management system. The principles and... 

Increased regulatory certainty bolsters direct foreign investment

By: Paige Müller     1st February 2019 African law firm ENSafrica states that there has been a concerted effort to reintroduce legal certainty into South Africa’s mining and minerals industries in the hopes that a stable legislative and regulatory regime will boost foreign direct investment into these critical industries. Mining is a... 

Logistics a weak link in South Africa’s coal value chain

By: Tracy Hancock     1st February 2019 There needs to be greater impetus on improving the infrastructure that transports coal for domestic use and for export in South Africa. One way of doing so is by dealing with the overuse of road transport and coordinating the logistics of junior miners, which contribute to inefficient coal... 

Invest in clean technology to counter the siege on the coal industry, Mantashe implores 

By: Kim Cloete     31st January 2019 The coal industry needs to counter the negative attitude towards the industry by investing in clean coal technology and funding research initiatives to find alternative markets for coal, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe. He told delegates at the opening of the fourteenth annual... 

BHP offers its assistance to Vale

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st January 2019 Diversified major BHP has offered its assistance to its Brazilian joint venture partner (JV) Vale, after that company suffered a dam rupture at its Córrego do Feijão mine, in the city of Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Reports on Thursday stated that Brazilian rescue teams have recovered the... 

South African mining a ‘complex business’ – UFS Vice-Chancellor

By: Simone Liedtke     30th January 2019 Mining has become a “complex business”, largely as a result of the unique dynamics of stakeholder engagements and expectations, government regulations and the technical and operational imperatives, University of the Free State (UFS) Rector and Vice-Chancellor Professor Francis Petersen states in... 

Brazil makes Vale arrests as Cabinet meets on fatal dam break

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2019 Brazilian police arrested three employees and two contractors for embattled mining giant Vale SA as an investigation into a dam rupture that has killed at least 65 and left a path of destruction in the state of Minas Gerais widens. The two contractors worked for German consultancy firm TUEV SUED,... 

Inaugural Two-Day Meeting Signals Major Growth in Opportunities and Economic Ties between Canada and Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th January 2019 The Canada–Africa Chamber of Business is pleased to announce the inaugural Canada-Africa Business Conference, taking place on 26 and 27 March 2019 in Gaborone, Botswana. Global Affairs Canada, comprising the Canadian government’s international and trade departments, is a leading partner at the... 

North American Palladium achieves guidance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th January 2019 Toronto-headquartered North American Palladium produced a total of 237 461 oz of payable palladium in 2018, meeting the upper half of its 2018 guidance of between 230 000 oz and 240 000 oz. The 2018 production is also an increase of 18% on the 201 592 oz of palladium produced in 2017. 

Vale plunges as deadly dam disaster leads to dividend suspension

By: Bloomberg     28th January 2019 Vale’s dam breach left at least 60 people dead and 292 missing in Brazil, leading the world’s biggest producer of iron ore to suspend dividends as it braces for the financial fallout of the catastrophe. The shares plunged as much as 20%. The collapse of a tailings dam at the Feijao mine in the... 

Petra delivers solid H1 output, says diamond market outlook remains stable 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th January 2019 LSE-listed Petra Diamonds delivered solid production, along with a “continued improvement” in its safety performance, in the first half of the 2019 financial year. CEO Johan Dippenaar on Monday said the mining company, which operates the Cullinan, Finsch and Koffiefontein mines, in South Africa,... 

Latin American miners digital journey starts with Finnish ZYFRA IIoT and AI solutions developer

28th January 2019 Finnish digital solutions vendor ZYFRA Group has opened an arm of its subsidiary VIST. The company is an industrial leader in development and implementation of information technologies for digital mining. Together, ZYFRA Group and VIST will initiate a business tour as the primary step to fulfill... 

Death toll rises to 58 as hope dims after Brazil dam collapse

By: Reuters     28th January 2019 Brazilian rescuers searched into the night on Sunday for hundreds of people missing after a burst mining dam triggered a deadly mudslide, as the death toll rose to 58 and was expected to keep climbing more than two days after the disaster. Rescuers worked past sunset to search a bus thought to... 

Bigen – Top Honours as Best Managed Company!

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th January 2019 Bigen, a socio-economic development (SED) company driving socio-economic change  through innovative, infrastructure development solutions, has been ranked number one in the Consulting Engineers sector of the 2019 Top 500: South Africa’s Best Managed Companies listings. In the selection process,... 

Indaba celebrates silver anniversary, reaffirms commitment to Africa

By: Nadine James     25th January 2019 The 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 4 to 7 – will be the twenty-fifth iteration of the event, with the “world’s largest mining conference” having reached this milestone being testimony to its relevance and value,... 

Harnessing the power of data vital for industry

25th January 2019 With the rapid development of new technology and the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution which is disrupting traditional processes and the way people live and work, data is becoming a hot commodity, says engineering consultancy company WorleyParsons. The challenge does not lie in... 

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