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New signs of hope for junior miners, says Minerals Council’s Chabana 

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 2 hours 35 minutes ago Despite the sector having been relatively unorganised and with junior mining companies rarely given an opportunity to influence national mining policy, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana believes there are “new signs of hope and... 

India’s crude oil imports from Iran, Venezuela come under US pressure

By: Ajoy K Das     Updated 3 hours ago India is negotiating with the US for exemptions from “extended sanctions” to maintain its current level of crude oil imports from Iran, but the country is also under pressure from the US administration to halt all crude purchase from Venezuela. According to officials here familiar with ongoing... 

Vital suspends Burkina Faso activities on security concerns

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd March 2019 Junior Vital Metals has suspended exploration activities in Burkina Faso, citing security concerns. The ASX-listed company, which owns the Nahouri gold project in that country, on Friday noted the ongoing security concerns for Burkina Faso, where a state of emergency has been declared for... 

Oliphant urges continued commitment to diamond industry growth 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th March 2019 Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant has urged diamond industry participants to remain committed to efforts to grow and sustain the industry in South Africa. Speaking at the South African Diamond Producers Organisation (Sadpo) conference last week, he said this would yield positive... 

NUM says Ramaphosa assured union no jobs would be lost in Eskom unbundling

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Tuesday confirmed that it had met with President Cyril Ramaphosa, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Energy Minister Jeff Radebe this week. The union noted, however, that it still needed to consult with its members employed at Eskom, on the... 

Menar’s Canyon offers Eskom cheaper coal on open-book basis  

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2019 Coal mining company Canyon Coal, a Menar group company, is prepared to offer coal to State-owned electricity utility Eskom at a cheaper price on an open-book basis from two new projects. The Menar group, which does not supply coal to Eskom at present, employs 3 500 people on a R7-billion asset... 

BHP adds to its board

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th March 2019 Diversified miner BHP has appointed Ian Cockerill and Susan Kilsby as independent non-executive directors to the company’s board, effective from April 1. Cockerill has extensive mining experience and has held a number of management roles, including as CEO of Anglo Coal and Gold Fields, and has... 

Vale dam fallout deepens with mine closure and blocked funds

By: Bloomberg     19th March 2019 Vale’s shares declined on Monday as the world’s biggest iron-ore producer faces continued backlash from Brazilian authorities after a deadly mining accident in January. Rio de Janeiro-based Vale was ordered on March 15 to shut its Timbopeba mine in Minas Gerais state, which produces 12.8-million... 

Driving the future of autonomous vehicles

15th March 2019 Anton Potapov, CTO at VIST Group (subsidiary of ZYFRA Group). With the rapid development in various industries and increasing industrialization, numerous vehicles are being designed to meet the need of the new mode of production. According to a recent reports the global industrial vehicles market... 

Contractor building infrastructure at Belfast mine

15th March 2019 Construction contractor Concor Infrastructure has been awarded the job of building dams, roads, platforms and other civil works at diversified miner Exxaro’s new digital coal mine near Belfast, in Mpumalanga. Concor Infrastructure is constructing four major dams, 26 concrete platforms and... 

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