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Atlatsa appoints new CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter Atlatsa Resources on Friday announced the appointment of Boipelo Lekubo as CFO, effective September 1. Lekubo, a chartered accountant, had previously held finance and accounting roles at Total Coal South Africa and Northam Platinum and currently served as alternate director of Trans Hex. 

Consent Granted To Transfer Prospecting Right For Vaalbank Project

By: Creamer Media Reporter Continental Coal Limited (“Continental” or “the Company”) the South African thermal coal production, development and exploration company, is pleased to announce that the South African Department of Mineral Resources (“DMR”) has granted their consent for the transfer of the prospecting right... 

DMR consents to transfer of SA coal prospecting right

By: Creamer Media Reporter South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources has given its consent for the transfer of the prospecting right that is required by dual-listed Continental Coal to start exploration at its Vaalbank project. The project is a 50:50 joint venture between Continental and Total Coal South Africa... 

Continental extends Ferreira mine life

By: Esmarie Swanepoel South Africa-focused coal miner Continental Coal has extended the mine life of its Ferreira coal mine with the acquisition of an adjacent prospecting right. The tenement area is located adjacent to and adjoining the current opencut mining operation at Ferreira, and Continental said on Tuesday... 

Company Announcement: Ferreira Coal Mine Extension - Additional Acquisition Of Adjacent Prospecting Right Vaalbank Coal Project

Continental Coal Limited, the South African thermal coal production and development company, is pleased to announce that through its South African subsidiary Mashala Resources (Pty) Limited has entered into an additional agreement that will allow the Company to further extend the operating mine... 

Continental Coal’s SA unit acquires adjoining exploration tenement

Aim-listed miner Continental Coal has, through its South African subsidiary Mashala Resources, entered into agreements that will enable the company to materially extend the operating mine life at its Ferreira coal mine, in Mpumalanga, as well as increase its production of high-quality thermal... 

Beating growth target of two new plants a year

By: Martin Creamer Outsourced plant operation and maintenance specialist Minopex is exceeding its target of winning contracts to run two additional mineral processing plants a year. Minopex last year secured contracts to operate three additional plants and this year the company is being contracted to run another... 

Commissioning according to planned schedule

By: Lindsey Berry The Goedgevonden coal mine, in Mpumalanga province, is being commissioned according to the planned schedule and is progressing well, says diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) Coal operations executive Peter Steenkamp. 

Energy group, mining junior open Mpumalanga coal mine

By: Jonathan Faurie Diversified energy company Total Coal South Africa, in association with mining junior Mmakau Mining has recently opened its Tumelo Colliery in Mpumalanga as part of its coal expansion strategy. 

Safety milestones at four projects

By: Carla Thomaz The 2008 death toll in South Africa’s mining industry has now reached well over 120, however mining focused engineering project house TWP’s safety-conscious culture, where safety is its number-one priority, has resulted in TWP achieving a number of milestones in its mining projects. 

On-The-Air (12/09/2008)

By: Martin Creamer In this broadcast: Electricity-short Botswana is negotiation to bring on its own new power capacity far sooner than originally planned; Sasol has selected the Limpopo province for its big new petrol-from-coal project; Oil giant Total wants South African coal miners to be allowed to build their... 

Daily podcast – September 10, 2008

By: Shannon de Ryhove In today's podcast: The operator of the Coega Industrial Development Zone is seeking to appoint an adviser to assist in the construction and operation of a gas-fired power station, an estimated 20 000 MW will be needed from independent power producers by 2025 and, South African coal miners should... 

Allow coal miners to generate power from own waste coal – Total

By: Martin Creamer South African coal miners should be allowed to generate their own coal-fired electricity at new mines using their own coal waste, Total Coal South Africa vice-president Diego De Bourges said on Tuesday. De Bourges told the Mining Summit 2008 in Johannesburg that coal miners like Total had coal... 

Local company awarded more than R8-bn in new projects

By: Christy van der Merwe In the final quarter of 2006, the TWP group secured seven new contracts with a combined value of more than R8-billion. 

Energy needs drive development

By: thamashni naidoo South Africa could need as many as eight new power stations in the next 20 years, in order to meet rising demand,according to Kumba’s coal unit project manager Piet Nel. Speaking at a coal conference last month, Nel said that South Africa needs an additional 1 200 MW/y for the next 18 to 20... 

New R204m coal mine set to be commissioned in September

By: Jade Davenport The commissioning of Total Coal’s newest coal mine, the R204-million Forzando South operation, is set for the end of next month. 

R200m for two coal-mines

By: Dennis Ndaba The new R200-million Forzando South coal-mine, which will be in operation by the end of 2006, is scheduled to produce 800 000 t/y by July 2008. 

Forzando South coal-mine

Total Coal South Africa is developing a new coal-mine, which will produce about 800 000 t of coal - mainly for export - when it comes into production. The coal-mine's production target is 1,4-million tons in five years. 


By: peter cromberge The development of the R210-million Forzando South Coal Mine, located in the Witbank coalfields between Hendrina and Bethal in Mpumalanga, has the potential to lift the production of Total Coal South Africa to 6-million t by 2008. 

Transnet makes coal-line tariff proposal

By: Nicola Mawson The long-awaited start-up of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal Phase Five expansion may be on the cards sooner than hoped for as Transnet spokesperson John Dludlu confirmed to Mining Weekly Online that it has “made a comprehensive proposal to the coal-miners and is awaiting their response”. 

Continuous miner delivered to local colliery

Equipment supplier Joy Mining Machinery South Africa delivered a 12HM31-11A continuous miner to G&B Coal Mining to be used at Forzando Colliery, a coal mine currently operated under contract by G&B Coal Mining on behalf of Total Coal South Africa. 

Xstrata terminates JV with SA's Total Coal

Global miner Xstrata Coal announced yesterday that Tavistock Collieries, a wholly-owned subsidiary, has terminated its joint venture agreement with Total Coal South Africa (TCSA), for the ATC and ATCOM mines. 

Dorstfontein voted SA's 'safest' coal-mine

The mine Dorstfontein, in operation since 1998, was nominated the 'safest' coal-mine in South Africa in 2004 by the Mine Health and Safety Council of the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) at a recent award ceremony held in Kriel, Mpumalanga. 

RBCT announces BEE entrant into coal exports

The Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) announced yesterday the first shipment of coal by a new black economic empowerment (BEE) entrant into the coal export market, through its operation at Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. Around 52 000 t of coal from black-owned group Ilanga Coal is currently being... 


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