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Waheed Sulaiman

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Waheed Sulaiman, the CEO of Wescoal, a 400-employee, R750-milion South African coal mining and trading company 

Extending the life of mine beyond its life as a mine

11th October 2018 The last thing on the minds of workers at the oldest-known mine on archaeological record some 43,000 years ago in Swaziland was what their mine might become long after their tools had been put away. Fast forward to today, and the transformation from active mine to mine closure is a C-level... 

SAPSDA joins SASSDA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 In 2013 the South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma®) was requested by the dti as well as ESKOM to form the South African Pump Cluster and in order to comply with the dti requirement to form a cluster, Sapma had to change from being an employer’s association to become a development... 

Minister Endorses Exploration Permit – One Step Remains

9th October 2018 Georgian Mining Corporation is pleased to announce that the award of the pending exploration permit has taken a major step forwards with the endorsement of the application by Mr. George Kobulia, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development in Georgia.  The final step, the Government... 

Hancock and Rio Tinto open new Pilbara mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th October 2018 Miners Rio Tinto and Hancock Prospecting have opened the Baby Hope mine, marking the fourth mine to be developed at the Hope Downs operation, since the miners formed their Pilbara joint venture (JV) in mid-2005. The JV partners said that the development of the Baby Hope deposit would assist in... 

Mali approves Randgold’s Morila mine to agribusiness conversion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2018 Gold miner Randgold Resources’ Morila gold mine’s ambitious agribusiness project has been approved by the Malian government. The project is designed to replace mining with a sustainable economic activity in the local community after the operation’s closure in two years’ time. 

Salt Lake gets approval for Williamson pond

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2018 The Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has given ASX-listed Salt Lake Potash the go-ahead to construct a pond system to dewater the Williamson pit, at its Lake Way project. The Williamson pond will be the first operational scale sulphate of potash (SOP)... 

Balking miners jeopardise $2.8bn Mozambican coal rail

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2018 A plan to develop a $2.8-billion railway and port to ferry coal in Mozambique may collapse because miners are balking, according to the man trying to build it. Failing to get the project off the ground would deprive the southern African country of a source of revenue it’s come to rely on as it... 

India’s Mines Ministry pushes for governance of minor mineral sector

By: Ajoy K Das     5th October 2018 India’s Mines Ministry is pushing 21 mineral bearing states to bring about better organisation and governance of the fragmented minor mineral sector, plagued by illegal mining and major law and order issues. The Mines Ministry has convened a meeting of all these states next week, to take stock... 

Hashveer Singh

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 this week Mining Weekly features Hashveer Singh, hed of Enable-E-Africa, part of SCC minerals group, which supports small and medium business development 

Cobalt mining in DRC poses public health risk – study

By: Nadine James     5th October 2018 Cobalt mining comes at a great cost to public health in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), states new research by Belgium university Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven, and the DRC’s University of Lubumbashi. In a statement on the university’s website last week, KU Leuven department of... 

Metso to deliver beneficiation solutions for potash industry in Belarus

4th October 2018 Metso has won orders to deliver dewatering solutions to a customer developing greenfield and brownfield potash projects in Belarus. Metso's deliveries consist of inclined plate settler (IPS) units used for thickening in different applications. The orders are booked in Metso's third-quarter 2018... 

Mathunjwa calls on govt to implement more socialist policies to retain jobs

By: Nadine James     4th October 2018 South Africa should transition from a constitutional democracy to a “social democracy” and implement more socialist policies to retain jobs in the mining sector, suggests Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) president Joseph Mathunjwa. Speaking on the second day of the Joburg... 

Eskom, coal sector must collaborate to overcome challenges

By: Nadine James     3rd October 2018 Power utillity has not ruled out the possibility of introducing special tariffs for industry, Matleng Energy Solutions chairperson and Eskom nonexecutive director Nelisiwe Magubane noted in an address at the Joburg Indaba on Wednesday. She stated, however, that, to date, the coal mining “industry... 

Leading Edge announces potential graphene JV in Sweden

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd October 2018 TSX-V-listed Leading Edge Materials has signed a nonbinding letter of intent (LOI) with private Swedish company Graphmatech, defining a pathway to form a binding joint venture (JV) between the companies to produce graphene at the Woxna graphite mine. Announcing the LOI on Wednesday, Leading Edge... 

High administrative costs, industry uncertainty holding mining back

By: Nadine James     3rd October 2018 The mining sector is poised for a positive future but is still hindered by a “harsh” environment, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter stated at the Joburg Indaba, on Wednesday. In his keynote address, titled ‘A harsh environment in South Africa or a new dawn’, he noted that one of the... 

Millennium increases production at Nullagine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd October 2018 Junior gold producer Millennium Minerals has reported a 77% increase in production in the September quarter, compared with the previous quarter, as head grades increased on the back of new ore sources at its Nullagine gold project, in Western Australia. The ASX-listed company on Tuesday reporte... 

Bokamoso Ba Rona Initiative seeks programme manager

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2018 Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater, the West Rand Development Agency, the Gauteng Infrastructure Financing Agency and the Far West Rand Dolomitic Water Association (FWRDWA) have issued a request for qualification (RfQ) for a suitability qualified programme manager for the multistakeholder... 

Law firms see benefits of gazetted Mining Charter 3, MPRDA amendment Bill removal

By: Simone Liedtke     28th September 2018 To effect the necessary changes that are needed for South Africa’s economy to grow, government and industry will, moving forward, have to focus on economic assessments, instead of policy development, says law firm Webber Wentzel partner and mining sector head Jonathan Veeran. Following the... 

Hwange Colliery narrows interim loss, signs of recovery shown

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2018 Hwange Colliery Company has narrowed its loss for the six months ended June 30 to $23-million, compared with a loss of $24.5-million reported for the six months to June 30, 2017. Despite the loss position, the financial results indicate signs of recovery. 

Poorly designed chutes can lead to increased operating costs

By: Shannon de Ryhove     28th September 2018 Mines and process plant operators need to fully understand the total cost of ownership of all elements within an operation, and should be especially aware of the knock-on effect that a poorly-designed transfer chute can have, says Germiston-based material transfer solutions provider Weba Chute... 

Consulting firm optimises project delivery

28th September 2018 Independent advisory and consulting arm of engineering service company WorleyParsons and networking sponsor of this year’s Joburg Indaba, Advisian, is optimising project delivery across Africa. Advisian provides solutions for clients in the hydrocarbons, minerals and metals, chemicals, and... 

Mantashe confirms gazetting of Mining Charter 3 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th September 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Thursday confirmed that the Mining Charter 3 had officially been gazetted. Coupled with this, he stated during a media briefing, in Pretoria, that a formal request has been submitted to the Speaker of the National Assembly and the National Council of... 

Ramaphosa aims to crowd in private resources for infrastructure fund

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed the creation of a public-private infrastructure fund at the heart of an economic stimulus and recovery plan, otherwise constrained by South Africa’s serious fiscal constraints. In unveiling the plan during a briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on... 

Taskforce outcomes to set basis of Australia’s first resources plan in 20 years

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan on Friday welcomed a report by the federal government’s Resources 2030 Taskforce, which he convened in March to ensure that the Australian resource sector remains globally competitive and sustainable The Minister will use the work of the... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Sibanye, partners in agroindustrial initiative in Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2018 A multistakeholder initiative will see the development of prototype large-scale agriculture and bio-energy agri-industrial hub on 30 000 ha of land across the Merafong City local municipality and Rand West local municipality, in the greater West Rand district. This follows the signing of a... 

Axiom fully permitted for Isabel nickel project

By: Mariaan Webb     20th September 2018 Solomon Islands has formally granted Axiom Mining a lease over the San Jorge nickel deposit, paving the way for the ASX-listed company to start construction of the Isabel mine – one of the last known undeveloped world-class nickel laterite deposits. The news sent Axiom’s stock surging 44% to... 

Resources industry helping to keep Queenslanders employed – QRC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) says in the space of a year, the state’s mining industry has created an extra 10 000 jobs, which is a 17% year-on-year increase when compared with the same quarterly data of last year. QRC CE Ian Macfarlane quoted the quarterly labour force data of the... 

Upbeat Pan African repositioned as lower-cost gold producer

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2018 Gold mining company Pan African Resources said on Wednesday that it had reconfigured its gold operations for sustainable profitability through the creation of a lower cost base and the imposition of efficiencies and stability through restructuring. The London- and Johannesburg-listed company,... 

CNN-flighted advert projecting huge growth for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2018 French company Air Liquide, a member of the Davos-launched Hydrogen Council that includes platinum-mining company Anglo American, is currently flighting an advertisement on the global television network CNN, which forecasts exceptional growth for the hydrogen and fuel cell market. Quoting the... 

Eskom delays finalisation of new strategy to mid-November  

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2018 South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom has delayed the publication of a new strategy blueprint to mid-November from an initial deadline of the end September to allow for greater consultation with external stakeholders. Following the appointment of a new board in February, a strategy review was... 

CEO Initiative to support government’s investor outreach at October summit

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2018 The CEO Initiative is putting its weight behind President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plans for increasing levels of investment and stimulating growth in the recession-afflicted South African economy. The CEO Initiative draws in business leaders from various sectors and rose to prominence during Pravin... 

Imilingo making strides at Electra Mining 2018

17th September 2018 As the final day of Electra Mining Africa 2018 themed ‘Diversity Day’ drew to  a close, the Imilingo Mineral Processing team were upbeat about their diversified Electra experience. “We came into this with a great deal of enthusiasm and it hasn't disappointed in terms of our overall objectives to... 

Spain's nuclear watchdog requests more info on Berkeley uranium mine

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 Spain's nuclear watchdog CSN has asked Australian mining company Berkeley Energia for more information on its plans for a uranium mine in Salamanca, on which work is due to begin later this year, the regulator said on Friday. The project, which would become the European Union's only open-cast... 

PIC foresees great opportunity in investing in early stage tech-driven companies

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has outlined its vision for its recently launched R2-billion fund aimed at early-stage tech-driven companies. PIC executive head of research Sholto Dolamo told a Frost & Sullivan CEO Think Tank, in Cape Town, that the PIC was venturing beyond its... 

Multistakeholder initiative to see the development of an agri-industrial hub in Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2018 A multistakeholder initiative will see the development of prototype large-scale agriculture and bio-energy agri-industrial hub on 30 000 ha of land across the Merafong City local municipality and Rand West local municipality, in the greater West Rand district. This follows the signing of a... 

Growing demand for synthetics not a threat to natural diamonds

By: Nadine James     14th September 2018 Although the global diamond market is currently worth about $87-billion, laboratory-grown diamonds only constitute 2% of that market, or $1.9-billion, says New York-based independent diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky. While the laboratory-grown diamond jewellery market is forecast to grow to about... 

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