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M&R Cementation awarded Palabora ventilation shaft contract

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2019 Mining contractor Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation has been awarded a contract by Palabora Mining Company for a 1 200 m deep ventilation shaft. The shaft, with a lined diameter of 8.5 m, will reach a final blind sink depth of 1 190 m before a drop raise takes it to its final depth.  

Rio asks shareholders to vote against emissions resolution

By: Reuters     18th March 2019 Rio Tinto said on Monday it would recommend that shareholders vote against a resolution requiring the miner to report its direct emissions and those of its customers in greater detail. In a notice ahead of its annual general meeting in May, Rio said shareholders should vote against the proposed... 

Amplats donates 270 ha of land to support land reform 

By: Nadine James     15th March 2019 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Friday handed over 270 ha of land, worth about R26-million, to the Rustenburg local municipality and the Rustenburg Alchemy Development Trust to support sustainable land reform and transformation. Parent company Anglo American said the donation, which followed... 

A mini-solar farm is floating in a dam of liquid copper waste

By: Bloomberg     15th March 2019 Chile has found another use for dams that hold the liquid waste from massive copper-mining operations: power generation. Calling it the first project of its kind in the world, Anglo American has installed 256 photovoltaic panels at the tailings dam for its Los Bronces complex in Chile. 

SQM receives Chile's approval for lithium plant expansion

By: Reuters     15th March 2019 Chilean lithium miner SQM on Thursday received environmental approval to expand its lithium carbonate production plant, the local environmental regulator told Reuters, marking a milestone as the company seeks to boost output of the coveted ultralight battery metal. The $400-million plant... 

World Coal Association response to Glencore announcement

15th March 2019 In response to diversified resource company Glencore’s coal capping announcement last month, the World Coal Association (WCA) maintains that coal is a vital energy and strategic resource. It says coal is essential to the world’s sustainable development and energy security objectives and plays an... 

Solutions provider supplies granulators for upcoming mine

By: Halima Frost     15th March 2019 Solutions provider TAKRAF Africa, part of the global TAKRAF group, supplied two coal granulators towards the end of 2018 for a project to be commissioned in October this year, as part of the coal handling and preparation plant for a new mine in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The 660-mm-diameter... 

Mining Charter sets tone for mining suppliers and service providers

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th March 2019 The 2018 Mining Charter has increased the black-ownership target for suppliers and service providers to 50% +1%, compared with the 26% of the past few years, says supply chain and enterprise and supplier development (ESD) advisory company TK Global Experts CEO Kamogelo Mampane. Subsequently, many... 

Businesses encouraged to do more business in Africa

15th March 2019  Mining has long played a crucial role in the development of African nations, with the continent being renowned for having the largest mineral resources in the world. While gold ranks number one among African mining resources, the continent has a number of other valuable minerals including... 

Phase 1 of MC Mining’s Makhado project approved 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th March 2019 ASX-, Aim- and JSE-listed MC Mining’s directors have approved the phased development of the company’s flagship Makhado coking coal project, which will result in the start of mining operations on the west pit. Construction of Phase 1 is set to start in the third quarter of this year. 

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