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Kimberley tailings still yielding diamonds

     15th December 2017 Historical diamond tailings left across Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, by diversified miner De Beers Consolidated Mines continue to hold significant potential for diamond extraction, owing to technological advances made in ore treatment.  

New South African zinc mine going digital

     15th December 2017 Zinc miner Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) is collaborating with digital industrial company GE South Africa to implement a Smart Ore Movement system at its flagship Gamsberg project, in the Northern Cape, to ensure that best practices are in place when the mine goes into production next year. 

Small- and medium-scale operations punted as ‘the future’ of mining

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 With industrial mining on the decline, smaller- to medium-scale mining operations are the future, according to Bench Marks Foundation South Africa lead researcher David van Wyk. Addressing delegates at the Science Business Society Dialogue Conference on Linking Science, Society, Business and... 

Diamonds body calls for ‘productive dialogue’ on Kimberley Process reform

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 The World Diamond Council (WDC) has called for an open discussion about the Kimberley Process (KP) reform, highlighting three key areas in need of reform to ensure its continued success. These include broadening the scope of the KP as the debate on the expansion of the definition of conflict... 

Programme to position Ghanaian firms to gain greater share of mineral sector procurement

By: Tracy Hancock     15th December 2017 Marking a significant point in Ghana’s quest to domesticate the provisions in the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) into its own Country Mining Vision (CMV), the Ghanaian government officially launched its National Suppliers Development Programme (NSDP) in 2 November 2017. The NSDP builds and expands on... 

Resources Watch  

     14th December 2017 This week: Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience And, owner’s engineer role by ‘Proudly South African’ Erudite pleasing Perth 

Economic resilience encouraged 

     14th December 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has emphasised the urgent need for South Africa to break the ongoing deadlock on the regulation and transformation of the mining sector, while United Nations Conference on Trade and Development has warned that, without policy change, commodity-dependent developing... 

Electronic waste at new high, squandering gold, other metals – study

By: Reuters     14th December 2017 Electronic waste rose to a record 45-million tonnes worldwide in 2016, squandering valuable metals such as gold and copper since few trashed televisions, cellphones or other products get recycled, a UN-backed study showed on Wednesday. Rising incomes and falling prices for everything from solar... 

Amplats makes progress in repositioning its portfolio

By: Dylan Slater     13th December 2017 Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is making significant progress in repositioning its portfolio. This has, thus far, enabled the miner to move its production down the cost curve, thereby resulting in a more value enhancing portfolio. 

Cleveland-Cliffs picks up substantial Minnesota iron-ore landholdings

By: Henry Lazenby     12th December 2017 NYSE-listed iron-ore producer Cleveland-Cliffs has acquired extensive iron-ore landholdings in Minnesota that could in the future serve to replace depleted resources. Cleveland, Ohio-based Cliffs has completed the acquisition of interests located in Itasca County, west of Nashwauk, Minnesota,... 

Rainbow raises £2.8m to fast-track Gakara growth plans

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th December 2017 LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has raised £2.8-million through the placement of 20-million new ordinary shares with new and existing shareholders. The funding will strengthen the company’s balance sheet and enable it to bring forward its growth plans at the Gakara rare earth project, in Burundi. 

Egg unboiling machine enables graphene battery development

     12th December 2017 The Australian researchers who successfully unboiled an egg are turning their attention to capturing the energy of graphene oxide to make a more efficient alternative to lithium-ion batteries. The Flinders University team in South Australia has partnered with Swinburne University of Technology... 

Kirkland Lake disposes of Australian Stawell assets

By: Henry Lazenby     11th December 2017 Triple-listed Kirkland Lake Gold has agreed to sell affiliate Stawell Gold Mines to private firm Arete Capital Partners. Stawell Gold Mines, which holds the Stawell gold mine, located in Victoria, Australia, will pay $6.25-million in cash for the assets, with Kirkland set to retain a 2.5% net... 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday. Unctad and the Food and... 

eCobalt switches strategic focus to cobalt concentrate, instead of sulphate

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2017 TSX-listed project developer eCobalt Solutions has decided to rather focus on producing a cobalt concentrate at its Idaho Cobalt Project (ICP), citing a reduced premium on cobalt sulphate on the back of Chinese capacity consolidation, cost reduction and production increases. “Due to these... 

Global iron-ore growth to be modest

     8th December 2017 Global iron-ore production will grow modestly, with mine restarts and expansions predicted in Brazil and India, boosting production, predicts international market research firm BMI Research. However, output growth in China will decline on the back of falling ore grades and high production costs,... 

Mine improves output as copper price slated to rise

     8th December 2017 In the medium to long term, the fundamental outlook for copper is among the strongest of all metals, says diversified natural resources producer Eurasian Resources Group (ERC), which has copper assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “The lack of major copper plants due on stream,... 

Digitalisation initiative at Gamsberg to allow for minute-by-minute decision-making

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th December 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources' Zinc International (VZI) has announced a greenfield digitalisation initiative, which will see a ‘Smart Ore Movement’ system built into its flagship Gamsberg zinc project. The project, which is being undertaken in collaboration with digital industrial company... 

South Africa urged to go back to basics to avoid mining’s demise

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th December 2017 For South Africa's mining industry to return to more successful times, the country will need to go back to basics, says Wits Mining Institute director Professor Fred Cawood, who also suggests that these basics could aid in sidestepping the demise of the mining industry in South Africa. These... 

Let’s all hold thumbs that the correct new South African leadership emerges in the weeks ahead

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2017 I happen to call at the same State-owned building weekly and I became very disturbed at one stage at the state of disrepair of its infrastructure and the complete absence of upkeep. Then, just as I was beginning to assume that the escalators had come to a permanent halt and that clean towels... 

World Diamond Council encourages open dialogue, reform

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th December 2017 The World Diamond Council has called for an open discussion about the Kimberley Process (KP) reform at the upcoming KP plenary, which will take place in Brisbane from December 9 to 14. As the voice of the diamond industry, the WDC is calling for all KP participants to join together in a... 

Suncor submits applications to replace coke-fired boilers with 2 cogeneration plants

By: Henry Lazenby     6th December 2017 Canadian fossil energy company Suncor has launched applications with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) to replace coke-fired boilers with two cogeneration units at its oil sands Base Plant, which will add 700 MW of oil sands cogeneration. The plants will serve two purposes:... 

Wuhlf ready to fill orders for its Africa-tough TLB

     4th December 2017 The new locally manufactured 70 kW 4 x 4 Skerpioen tractor loader backhoe (TLB) will provide businesses in Africa with an affordable, low-tech solution that is robust enough to withstand the harsh operating environment synonymous with the continent. After developing the machine for the past two... 

Firestone revises mine plan amid lower diamond values

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2017 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds has made a good start to mining at the Liqhobong mine, in Lesotho, with all operational targets within management's control having either been met or exceeded after the mine development project was completed within budget. However, lower-than-expected average diamond... 

South Zambezi delivers Engineering services: for Africa by Africans 

By: Tracy Hancock     1st December 2017 South Zambezi corporate director Sikanyisiwe Phiri and Makoko Makgonye discuss its role in developing Africa 

South32 upbeat on aluminium, manganese and energy coal prospects

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st December 2017 With the price of various commodities having improved during the 2017 financial year, diversified miner South32 remains optimistic about the aluminium, manganese and energy coal sectors for the year ahead. “Manganese led the way [in terms of price increases], and metallurgical coal, energy coal,... 

Chile's Codelco plans environmental impact pricing for copper

By: Reuters     30th November 2017 Chile's Codelco will soon sell its first copper cathodes with pricing that takes into account the environmental footprint of production, its chairman said on Thursday. 

Integrated, regional approach needed for mine water treatment – DWS

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th November 2017 Government and regulators should promote a regional integrated approach to mine water treatment, says Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) Mine Water/Water Quality Management chief director Marius Keet. Speaking at the Science Business Society Dialogue Conference on Linking Science, Society,... 

A-OSH EXPO leads the way in mining safety considerations

     29th November 2017 ‘Safety first!’ should always be an imperative in the mining industry, and it has come under the spotlight both locally and globally in the recent past.  In November 2017, the South African Chamber of Mines expressed concern over the rising number of fatalities in the country’s mines, after... 

Gem smuggling thwarts revival of Central African Republic

By: Bloomberg     29th November 2017 In the lounge of a luxury hotel in Bangui, the capital of war-torn Central African Republic, soft-spoken diamond dealers cautiously sidle up to guests. Their whispered offers of gems for sale are a visitor’s first hint of the thriving illegal market for the precious stones in a country that five... 

IDC outlines actions for mining industry to inch closer to success

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th November 2017 While the Toronto Declaration-based standards for the mining industry, adopted by the International Council of Metals and Mining, are broadly accepted as encompassing mines’ social licence to operate, only an “arrogant or stupid person” would argue that all relevant standards have been met, says... 

Vedanta’s Zinc International, GE collaborate on digitalisation initiative at Gamsberg 

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources' Zinc International (VZI) has announced a greenfield digitalisation initiative, which will see a ‘Smart Ore Movement’ system built into its flagship Gamsberg zinc project. The project, which is being undertaken in collaboration with digital industrial company... 

MRC concludes scoping study on Western Australia's Munglinup project

By: Samantha Herbst     27th November 2017 Following its announcement last week that it had executed a farm-in and joint venture agreement to explore for graphite in Western Australia, ASX-listed explorer Mineral Commodities (MRC) announced Monday that it had completed a scoping study and produced the resultant preliminary economics to... 

Agromining may provide new opportunities to extract remaining value from mined land

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 With a significant portion of large mineral deposits having been discovered worldwide, and, in many cases, reaching the end of viable economic recovery, phytomining is one option that could be chosen to extract the remaining value from this mined ground, Florida International University... 

Mining midmarket enterprises lead gross value-add metric in Canada – HSBC

By: Henry Lazenby     24th November 2017 Mining-focused midmarket enterprises (MMEs) are the leading contributors to gross value-add (GVA) to Canada’s economy, a new report by international banking group HSBC has found. Published on Thursday, and authored by HSBC and Oxford Economics, the ‘Entrepreneurial heartland of MMEs' report found... 

Qasim Abrahams

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2017 This week Mining Weekly features Qasim Abrahams, VP Sales & Service Southern Africa, Metso Southern Africa, which supplies equipment, services and process knowledge to mining, from the pit to the handling of the end product 

Agromining may provide new opportunities to extract remaining value from mined land

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 With a significant portion of the large mineral deposits having been discovered worldwide, and in many cases reaching the end of viable economic recovery, phytomining is one option that could be chosen to extract the remaining value from this mined ground, Florida International University... 

South32 bullish on aluminium, manganese, energy coal prospects

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd November 2017 With the price of various commodities having improved during the 2017 financial year, diversified miner South32 remains optimistic about the aluminium, manganese and energy coal sectors for the year ahead. “Manganese led the way [in terms of price increases], and metallurgical coal, energy coal,... 

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