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Handa mulls development of a copper processing plant in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 4 hours ago TSX-V-listed mining and development company Handa Mining has signed a joint venture agreement to fund and build a processing plant to recover copper from broken rock lying on the surface of properties owned by O'Okiep Copper Company (OCC) and SHIP Copper in South Africa's Northern Cape. Handa... 

Centamin announces significant resource increase at Côte d'Ivoire projects

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2019 A 120 000 m drill programme in 2018 across dual-listed Centamin’s wholly-owned landholdings in Côte d'Ivoire, has resulted in an increase of more than 100% in mineral resources, the company announced on Friday. A maiden resource has been declared at the ABC project, on the west side of the... 

Proposed Olympic Dam expansion declared ‘major development’

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th February 2019 Mining giant BHP’s expansion plan at its Olympic Dam project, in South Australia, has seen the project declared a major development by the state government. The proposed $3-billion expansion will increase copper production at Olympic Dam by some 75%, from 200 000 t/y to 350 000 t/y, and will... 

Gold Fields FY profit slumps as production drops

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 South Africa's Gold Fields Ltd said on Friday its full-year profit slumped 73%, dented by a decline in bullion production led by its South Deep operations. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) fell to $0.07 per share, for the full year ended Dec. 31, 2018, from $0.26 in the previous year. 

Eagle mine, US

By: Sheila Barradas     15th February 2019 A copper/nickel mine located in the upper peninsula of Michigan. 

eCobalt sees potential to increase production rate at Idaho project

15th February 2019 Cobalt producer eCobalt Solutions has identified the potential to increase the targeted production rate to 1 200 t/d from 800 t/d, an increase of 50% compared to the previous mine plan, at its Idaho cobalt project, located near the town of Salmon in east-central Idaho, in the US. The project is... 

Investment in new technologies in mining decreasing

By: Thabi Madiba     15th February 2019 The risk aversion of most mining companies has resulted in their being unwilling to invest in new technologies, which limits their competitiveness and growth potential, says emerging mining project management service provider Manhize Mineral Consultants (MMC) executive director Joel Mungoshi.... 

Lindiwe Nakedi

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2019 This week Mining Weekly features Lindiwe Nakedi, the MD of Gubhani Exploration, a company that provices surface exploration diamond drilling and geotechnical drilling and investigation services 

Strata’s HazardAvert keeps safety on target

14th February 2019 Of all the technology developed over mining’s history for safety, and even more specifically the safety of workers performing tasks around heavy machinery on an everyday basis, one of the most recent is proximity detection systems. The still-rapidly evolving technology functions seamlessly in... 

Barrick advancing autonomous gold production – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 Autonomous production systems and projects are being advanced across Barrick Gold as the group focuses on boosting mining efficiency, new Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow tells Mining Weekly Online. This is part of an all-out drive by Bristow to ensure that Barrick, into which Randgold... 

Eskom grid upkeep increasingly problematic – DRDGold  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2019 The quality of maintenance of the Eskom distribution infrastructure is becoming increasingly problematic, DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius said on Wednesday. At the company's presentation of power-hit interim results for the six months to December 31, Pretorius said that although DRDGold's own power... 

DRDGold profit down, gold reserves up

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2019 Surface gold mining company DRDGold on Wednesday reported a 54% fall in operating profit to R102.2-million in the six months to December 31, but a major jump in mineral reserves. Reserves shot up by 83% to six-million ounces of gold from a former 3.28-million ounces but gold production in the... 

RCT launches Multiple Machine Control option

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th February 2019 RCT has released the latest advancement to its ControlMaster® automation range in the form of Multiple Machine Control (MMC) also known as Control which enables a single operator to control more than one mining machine at a time. This entirely new operating system is transforming the mining... 

Harmony exploring Target North, Kalgold 

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2019 Harmony Gold is currently adjudicating a tender for the drilling of the Target North greenfield exploration project in the Free State and is engaged in near mine brownfield exploration at Kalgold in the North West. Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp on Tuesday described the Target North prospect as... 

NAP defines new exploration targets at Lac des Iles

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th February 2019 Recent exploration at North American Palladium’s Lac des Iles Mine (LDI) property, located 90 km north of Thunder Bay, Ontario, has defined seven underground targets in the southern part of the deposit and several discrete near-surface exploration targets, all of which are expected to be drilled... 

Harmony Gold net profit plunges, operational cash soars

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2019 The net profit of Harmony Gold plunged in the six months to December 31, dropping from R897-million for the corresponding period of last year to R75-million. However, production soared by 34% and operations generated R1.1-billion in free cash flow on the inclusion of the acquired Moab Khotsong... 

Obuasi development on track for end-2019 gold pour  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th February 2019 AngloGold Ashanti’s Obuasi redevelopment project has completed its first week of underground development blasting, as the work to pour first gold by the end of the year gathers momentum. The first blast, on February 1, advanced development by around 4.2 m on the 2 700-level, which is accessed... 

Wallbridge reports positive results from Fenelon bulk sample

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th February 2019 TSX-listed Wallbridge Mining reported on Thursday that it has produced and sold more than 13 300 oz of gold from the 35 000 t bulk sample under way at its Fenelon gold project, in Quebec. To date, about 25 000 t of ore with a reconciled average grade of 17.34 g/t gold containing more than 14 000... 

Gra-Tech to add value in PGMs industry

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Precious metals recovery company Gra-Tech is aiming to assist companies that are active in the platinum group metals (PGMs) industry, particularly mines and Nitric Acid plants, as it looks to expand into other emerging markets. “Industry has not realised the massive value contained in old and... 

DRC’s new President an ‘unknown factor’ as far as mining is concerned

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2019 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), lying pretty much in the centre of Africa, is geographically the 11th biggest country in the world and is well-known for its mineral riches. In its most recent (2014) report “The Mineral Industry of Congo (Kinshasa)”, the US Geological Survey (USGS) noted... 

Solar Mining Services helps to boost the Mpumalanga economy 

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Solar Mining Services, a manufacturer and supplier of explosives, accessories and blasting services for the mining industry, has made strides in growing its business in South Africa. It has created more than 100 jobs and invested R500-million in South Africa since setting up in the country in... 

Namibia Critical Metals signs deal for Kunene small-scale mining initiative

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2019 TSX-V-listed Namibia Critical Metals has signed a deal with a private, undisclosed Namibia-based group for the development of a small-scale manganese mine at its wholly-owned subsidiary Kunene Resources Namibia’s operations. The agreement allows the local Namibian group to produce manganese... 

Canadian explorer hits high-grade gold in Finland

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th February 2019 News of high-grade gold intersects at the Aamurusko prospect, in northern Finland, sent Canadian explorer Aurion Resources’ share price up 27% on Tuesday. The TSX-V-listed explorer announced that it had intersected 42.28 g/t gold over 4 m in drill hole 82 and 24.50 g/t gold over 4.75 m about 56... 

Pure Gold announces increased mineral resource at Madsen

By: Simone Liedtke     5th February 2019 TSX-V-listed Pure Gold Mining expects to release the feasibility study for its Madsen gold deposit, in Ontario, followed by a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of the Russet South, Fork and Wedge satellite deposits, during the course of this month. On Tuesday, the Vancouver-based explorer... 

McEwen anticipates first gold from Nevada mine by end-Feb

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2019 NYSE- and TSX-listed precious metals miner McEwen Mining on Tuesday reported that construction of its Gold Bar mine, in Nevada’s Battle Mountain-Cortez trend, was nearing completion. The mine is on schedule for first gold production later this month. Commercial production will follow when the... 

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... 

Zinc One unveils maiden resource estimate for Peru project

By: Simone Liedtke     5th February 2019 TSX-V-listed Zinc One Resources has announced a maiden initial resource estimate for the Bongará zinc mine project, in north-central Peru. The estimate consists of an indicated mineral resource of 812 000 t averaging 18.9% zinc containing 339-million pounds of zinc at a 10% zinc cut-off and an... 

Altus defines drill targets at Diba

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th February 2019 Africa-focused Altus Strategies has defined a series of drill targets to test the potential of expanding the Diba gold project, strategically located 13 km south of the multimillion-ounce Sadiola gold mine in the Kenieba Window gold belt in Mali. The project hosts a near-surface, shallow dipping,... 

Songwe Hill mineral resource increases by 60%

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th February 2019 The measured and indicated mineral resource at Mkango Resources’ Songwe Hill Rare Earths project, in Malawi, has increased by about 60% to 21-million tonnes. The results of an updated mineral resource estimate, published on Monday, further show that the majority of the previously delineated... 

HCL starts work on reopening copper mine, developing greenfield reserve

By: Ajoy K Das     4th February 2019 Indian State-run Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL), the country’s sole integrated copper producer, on Saturday started construction of a concentrator at its Rakha mines, marking efforts to restart the mines in the eastern state of Jharkhand. The ground-breaking ceremony at Rakha for construction of... 

Ivanhoe reports ‘unprecedented’ copper intersection in the DRC 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st January 2019 The Kamoa North prospect area has delivered an “unprecedented” 22.3-m intersection of 13.05% copper in a thick, flat-lying deposit, sending Canada’s Ivanhoe Mines share price up 10% on the TSX on Wednesday. The new drill hole at the Democratic Republic of Congo-based project includes grades of... 

Bureau Veritas Analytical Services - Petrography

30th January 2019 Bureau Veritas has years of experience in providing petrographic analysis to the coal industry. Our highly qualified and experienced team of technical staff and operators are accredited by the international committee of coal and organic petrology. Bureau Veritas is dedicated to delivering a... 

Kodal granted exploration rights near its Mali lithium project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th January 2019 Aim-listed Kodal Minerals has gained exclusive rights to explore – and an option to acquire – two new concessions totalling 200 km2 within 25 km of the company’s Bougouni lithium project, in Mali. The new licence areas are adjacent to the Goulamina lithium project, owned by ASX-listed Birimian,... 

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. 

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... 

Pan African’s newly commissioned tailings plant boosts H1 gold output  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th January 2019 JSE- and Aim-listed Pan African Resources’ production for the six months ended December 31, 2018, increased by 54.2% year-on-year to 81 014 oz on the back of a robust operational performance at the Barberton complex and from its newly commissioned tailings retreatment plant. Gold production... 

MC Mining mitigates Uitkomst challenges, focuses on developing new projects  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th January 2019 Despite having experienced a challenging quarter ended December 31 – the company’s second quarter of the 2019 financial year – ASX-, Aim- and JSE-listed MC Mining remains positive about the prospects for the full year. The company reported decreased run-of-mine (ROM) production from its... 

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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