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Daro exploration producing promising outputs

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2018 Exploration work at the Daro copper/gold project, in northern Ethiopia, has produced promising results at the Teklil prospect and a significant gold-bearing quartz vein at the Keren prospect has been discovered, while stream sediment analysis has defined new target areas for exploration, Aim- and... 

Gold Mountain boosts its exploration efforts in PNG

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th August 2018 ASX-listed Gold Mountain has completed the assembly and commissioning of a large-capacity mobile plant to process coarse gold and platinum bulk samples. Gold Mountain holds a number of exploration tenements in Papua New Guinea, with its flagship Crown Ridge project in the final stage assessment... 

Ivanhoe advances projects in ‘productive’ Q2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 Canadian miner Ivanhoe Mines had a productive second quarter ended June 30, with underground development at the planned initial copper mine at Kakula, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), making steady progress. The mine is expected to reach the high-grade copper mineralisation later this... 

Mozambique's ruby mining goes from ‘wild west’ to big business

By: Bloomberg     13th August 2018 Sebastiao Pedro struck it lucky in 2014 when, as a 21-year-old small-scale miner, he found a large red ruby in northern Mozambique. He sold it to a buyer from Vietnam for $43 000, returned to his family 900 miles away and built a house with the proceeds. Then the money ran out. 

Consolidated Zinc moves forward Mexico mine plans to this year

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th August 2018 ASX-listed Consolidated Zinc has flagged the start of production from its Plomosas zinc/lead/silver mine, in Mexico, before the end of 2018. The company had initially targeted a large production facility to start in 2019/20; however, Consolidated Zinc said on Friday said that the results from... 

Increased exploration spend boosts services demand

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Mining activities and the number of exploration projects in Australia have been steadily increasing since 2017, and this has, subsequently, resulted in an increased demand for South African airborne geophysics technology provider Spectrem Air’s services, says Spectrem Air GM Louis Polomé.... 

Australian gold exploration progressing

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Exploration and development company West Wits Mining’s (WWI’s) Australian projects, which show similarity to South Africa’s Witwatersrand (Wits) gold deposits, plans to leverage its geology team’s experience of South Africa’s Wits basin to rapidly understand the geology of its two Pilbara assets... 

Sitatunga Resources hopes to create jobs in R103 million KZN colliery deal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 Exploration and Project Development Mining Company, Sitatunga Resources, has purchased Wescoal’s coal assets near New Castle, KwaZulu-Natal, for R103 million. The assets include an approved mining right and overlaying surface rights. Sitatunga, on the 7th August  2018, signed an agreement to buy... 

Sitatunga Resources hopes to create jobs at newly acquired colliery

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 Exploration and mining project development company Sitatunga Resources, which has bought Wescoal’s coal assets near Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, believes its investment in the Braakfontein Colliery will create much-needed jobs in the area. Braakfontein Colliery is an advanced-stage exploration... 

‘Solid’ safety: Vital Engineering’s solid forged handrails and stair tread nosing – safety assured for the local and pan-African mining sector

7th August 2018 Mining is a primary creator of wealth and employment, and, as such, places demands on the people and equipment employed this all-important sector. To keep mines operating efficiently, quick, safe access to areas such as minerals processing plants is essential. Founded in 1939, Vital Engineering... 

Copper supply woes on show with No. 2 mine output to halve

By: Bloomberg     6th August 2018 A battle over the world’s second-largest copper mine has dogged Freeport-McMoRan shareholders for more than a year. Now it may be the turn of the copper market. Production at Grasberg in Indonesia will fall by more than half next year as its giant pits transition to underground operations,... 

Orion starts drilling at high conductance target at Rok Optel

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 Drilling has started on a high conductance target at ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals’ Rok Optel nickel/copper target on the Namaqua and Disawell mineral rights in the Areachap Belt, in South Africa. “Our first intersection at Rok Optel demonstrated that geological conditions exist for the... 

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa-based equipment supplier BLTWORLD has assisted in supplying four materials handling specialist SAMSON Eco-Hoppers to the Kenyan Port of Mombasa, in June this year. Acquiring the hoppers is part of the Mombasa Resilient Infrastructure Programme (MRIP) initiative by the Kenya Ports... 

Angola keen on South African companies entering its diamond sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd August 2018 Angola is working to ensure that the major South African diamond companies can operate in the country. This was stated recently by Endiama Strategic Planning and Minerals Operations Bureau head Laureano Paulo. (Endiama is Angola’s State-owned national diamond company. Its name is an acronym for... 

REFURB ON WAY FOR GOLDEN OLDIE:

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2018 REFURB ON WAY FOR GOLDEN OLDIE: The old Durban Deep mine shaft, near Roodepoort, on Gauteng’s old-gold West Rand, is earmarked for refurbishment by the Australian-listed exploration and development company West Wits Mining. Although this shaft descends to 1 100 m, West Wits only plans to mine at... 

Tando to accelerate exploration at South African vanadium project

By: Nadine James     2nd August 2018 ASX-listed junior exploration company Tando Resources on Thursday announced that it heliborne magnetic survey has delineated targets that demonstrate the potential for a low-cost direct shipping ore (DSO) operation at its SPD vanadium project, in South Africa. As a result, Tando has decided to... 

Bureau Veritas Analytical Services - Petrography

2nd August 2018 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... 

Kirkland Lake chases higher FY target

By: Mariaan Webb     1st August 2018 A strong first-half performance from the Fosterville and Macassa mines has provided Toronto-based Kirkland Lake Gold with enough confidence to increase its consolidated full-year production guidance by 15 000 oz to more than 635 000 oz. The miner produced 312 329 oz in the first six months of... 

DRDGold expects first tailings production from WRTRP assets in Q1 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 Following the successful implementation of the transaction between JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater and JSE- and NYSE-listed DRDGold, Sibanye-Stillwater now owns 38.05% of the issued share capital of DRDGold, which is currently worth R895.7-million. Under the terms of the transaction,... 

Rare blue diamonds may be Earth's deepest secret

By: Reuters     1st August 2018 The Hope Diamond, a rare blue diamond that is one of the world's most famous jewels, has had a complicated history, passing through the hands of monarchs and bankers and heiresses and thieves before landing for all to see at a Washington museum. The geological history of blue diamonds is even... 

Alacer’s sulphide project on track for Q3 start

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st July 2018 TSX- and ASX-listed Alacer Gold says its sulphide project, at the Çöpler mine, in Turkey, is nearing completion and remains on track for start-up in the third quarter. The project capital cost estimate has been reduced from $744-million to $673-million.  

Goldplat FY18 financials expected to be in line with market expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 Aim-listed gold producer Goldplat expects its consolidated profit, before tax, for the financial year ended June 30, to be in line with market expectations, despite Kilimapesa Gold (KPG) having experienced a poor final quarter financially. While Kilimapesa Plant 1 was shut down during the final... 

Golden Rim raises cash for Kouri

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th July 2018 ASX-listed Golden Rim Resources will raise A$3-million through a share placement to fund work at its Kouri gold project, in Burkina Faso. The company on Monday said that some 116-million fully paid ordinary shares will be placed to institutional and sophisticated investors, priced at 2.6c each,... 

Carnegie advances to PFS

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th July 2018 A scoping study into the Carnegie potash project, in Western Australia, has confirmed the project had the potential to be technically and economically viable, prompting joint venture partners BCI Minerals and Kalium Lakes to green light a prefeasibility study. With the completion of the scoping... 

Proactive measures needed to mitigate fire incidents in mining

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 Fire incidents in mining operations occur every day because of poor maintenance and components that have reached the end of their life span, says environmental solutions company I-CAT fire division head Andro Gibhard. However, he says vehicles catching fire – the most common fire incident in... 

Company meets stringent fire and explosives safety requirements

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 The increasing demand for strict fire and explosion protection in the hazardous areas of mining has led specialist manufacturer and designer of flameproof diesel engine systems Elgin Flameproofing to introduce the new Elgin 112TR tow tractor model for underground coal mining applications. The... 

Miners prefer water mist technology as fire suppression system

27th July 2018 Mining contractors are under pressure from mining companies to have their machines fitted with fire prevention systems, says Southern African distributor of Swedish company Fogmaker International's water-mist fire protection system, Fogmaker South Africa MD John Russell. “When it comes to... 

BME expands into US market

By: Nadine James     27th July 2018 South African explosives leader BME has further enhanced its international footprint by supplying its market leading AXXIS electronic detonators to customers in the US. In a statement last week, BME MD Joe Keenan noted that the company is already active with shipments of AXXIS detonators to... 

Jubilee reports ‘rapid operational expansion’ in second quarter

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th July 2018 The second quarter of 2018 marks another successful period of rapid operational expansion as dual-listed Jubilee Metals makes solid strides across its operations in South Africa and Zambia. The construction of the fines chrome recovery plant at Jubilee’s Dilokong Chrome Mine (DCM) operation is... 

Giyani Metals and SA university in manganese research pact

By: Nadine James     27th July 2018 Canada-based Africa-focused exploration company Giyani Metals Corporation last week announced the signing of a research collaboration programme with South African tertiary institution Rhodes University, regarding battery-grade manganese within the company’s flagship Kanye manganese project in... 

West Wits breathes life into old gold mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th July 2018 ASX-listed exploration and development company West Wits Mining is reinvigorating the goldfield known as the Witwatersrand basin, near Roodepoort, which has a revised Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant mineral resource estimate of 3.67-million ounces of gold. The company has restarted openpit... 

Agnico Eagle improves 2018 guidance, sees ‘enormous’ potential in Nunavut

By: Mariaan Webb     26th July 2018 Canadian gold major Agnico Eagle Mines has added 50 000 oz to its gold production guidance for 2018, after a strong operational performance from its mines during the June quarter. The NYSE- and TSX-listed miner, which operates in Canada, Finland and Mexico, increased its guidance to 1.58-million... 

Zimbabwe's African Chrome Fields eyes equity sale to fund expansion

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 Zimbabwe's largest chrome miner African Chrome Fields (ACF) is talking to foreign investors about an equity sale to help fund expansion but will ensure the firm's two main partners retain control, the majority shareholder said on Wednesday. The chairman of Moti Group, which has a majority stake... 

644 workers rescued after fire at Gold One’s Modder East mine

By: Schalk Burger     26th July 2018 An early morning rescue operation on Wednesday saw 644 miners, who were underground when a fire broke out at miner Gold One’s Modder East operations, brought to the surface. All the employees evacuated to the mine's refuge bays from where they were rescued. 

Trade unions to respond to wage offer in the gold sector

By: African News Agency      25th July 2018 Trade unions are expected to formally respond to wage offer tabled by gold producers when the third round of negotiations resume on Wednesday in Boksburg east of Johannesburg. Gold producers tabled an opening offer of a three-year wage proposal ranging from 5.5% and 6.5% for underground... 

Caterpillar and Newmont to collaborate on underground vehicle automation

23rd July 2018 Caterpillar and Newmont Mining, with the support of Cashman Equipment Co., the Cat dealer in Nevada, have entered a collaboration agreement to validate and improve underground hard rock mining vehicle automation technology. The initial focus of the collaborative effort is Command for underground,... 

Roxgold’s Bagassi South construction activities progress

20th July 2018 Construction at Canadian gold miner Roxgold’s Bagassi South gold project, in Burkina Faso, is progressing well, with the miner continuing “to be on track for delivery of first ore from our second mine expected in the fourth quarter”, comments Roxgold president and CEO John Dorward. Bagassi South... 

Hytec focuses on improving turnaround times

20th July 2018 Kempton Park-based hydraulic cylinder manufacturer Hytec Engineering, which is part of the Hytec Group, has enhanced its service offering this year by purchasing four additional computer numerical control (CNC) machines to increase quality improvements and lower cylinder downtime with the... 

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