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Focus on construction at Bisie conflict-free tin project

     21st April 2017 Tin exploration and development company Alphamin Resources’ current focus is on preparing its 80.75%-owned Bisie tin project, in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), for construction. According to a presentation by Alphamin CEO Boris Kamstra at the 2017 Investing in African... 

Report highlights jobs and revenue impact of automation in mining

By: Ilan Solomons     21st April 2017 Local communities and governments will lose jobs and tax revenues as mines become increasingly automated through the adoption of emerging technologies, such as self-driving trucks. This is according to the recently released ‘Mining a Mirage?: Reassessing the shared-value paradigm in light of the... 

Mexican Mines Recording Major Gains in Equipment Reliability and Reduced Fuel Usage

     19th April 2017 At an accelerating rate, Mexican mines are taking advantage of advanced simulation technology along with skilled people and proven process, from Immersive Technologies, to optimize their equipment operator workforce. Mine sites are measuring significant improvements in key metrics as many new... 

The Popi Act & New Cybercrimes, Cyber Security Bill

     19th April 2017 Kindly find attached the New Cybercrimes, Cyber Security Bill & The POPI ACT Master class (2017 Workshop) training scheduled for 11 - 12 May 2017. FOR MORE INFO ON THE WORKSHOP SEE ATTACHED BROCHURE. 

Gem Diamonds appoints new chairperson

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th April 2017 Aim-listed Gem Diamonds has appointed Harry Kenyon-Slaney as its chairperson and an independent nonexecutive director, effective after June 6, succeeding Roger Davis, who will be stepping down. "I am delighted to be handing the chairmanship on to Kenyon-Slaney whose experience, knowledge and... 

Australian PM Turnbull scraps the 457 visa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the scrapping of the 457 visa by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, saying that the natural resource sector was no longer a significant employer of these visa holders. Turnbull on Tuesday announced the abolishment of the 457 visa for foreign... 

Early milestone reached at Guinean bauxite project

     14th April 2017 Aluminium producer Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has achieved an early milestone in the development of its bauxite mining and export project in Guinea, following the completion of land-raising work in Kamsar. The work is the first contract to be completed on its $1-billion investment in a mine,... 

Mobile power plants mooted as solution to African mines’ electricity woes

By: Ilan Solomons     14th April 2017 One of the main topics of discussion at the recent 2017 Mining Indaba revolved around power supply to mines on the continent. With official power distribution grids only covering around 40% of Africa, a substantial number of mining operations are responsible for their own power generation, says... 

Time for platinum industry to exercise supply discipline in oversupplied market

By: Martin Creamer     14th April 2017 It is difficult to see how some platinum-mining companies can be profitable at the current low dollar price of platinum in the $950/oz range. To continue to produce at current over-supplied levels is unsustainable. 

FIRB clears Yancoal/Rio deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2017 The Australian Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) has approved ASX-listed Yancoal’s $2.45-billion acquisition of Rio Tinto subsidiary Coal & Allied. The two companies in January struck a deal that will allow for an initial $1.95-billion cash payment upon the completion of the transaction in... 

Champion Iron inks impact accord with ITUM First Nation

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2017 TSX- and ASX-listed Champion Iron has signed an impact benefit agreement (IBA) with the Innu of Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-utenam (ITUM) First Nation, confirming local support for the Bloom Lake iron mine, located near Fermont, Quebec. The IBA is a life-of-mine agreement providing for real... 

Sibanye wins four NSA awards

By: Anine Kilian     7th April 2017 Sibanye Gold won four awards at this year’s National Skills Authority (NSA) awards. The company won three gold awards for the Best Adult Education and Training programme, the Best Skills Programme and the Best University Placement programme categories, and a bronze award for the Best Artisan... 

Nothing off table as Lonmin pursues value in low platinum price environment

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2017 The tough new circumstance confronting platinum mining companies demands business unusual to cope with the low price environment. “Right now, sustainability is more important than anything,” says Lonmin CEO Ben Magara, who has also assumed direct hands-on COO control of all the operations in... 

Nothing off table as Lonmin pursues value in low platinum price environment

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2017 The tough new circumstance confronting platinum-mining companies demands business unusual to cope with the low price environment. “Right now, sustainability is more important than anything ,” says Lonmin CEO Ben Magara, who has also assumed direct hands-on COO control of all the operations in... 

Big miners have trouble joining technology revolution

By: Reuters     6th April 2017 Mining companies chasing the kind of technological breakthroughs made long ago in the manufacture of cars and mobile phones have unveiled eye-catching innovations ranging from vast drills and remote-controlled trucks to second-by-second data analysis. Behind the scenes, however, there has so far... 

Chile copper industry urged to adopt sweeping changes

By: Reuters     4th April 2017 The world's biggest copper producer Chile needs to adopt new technologies and improve labour and community relations in order to maintain its global standing, industry leaders said on Tuesday. Chile's copper industry is grappling with falling productivity because much of the country's... 

Afrivalve Appointed As Official Distributor Of Gemü Valves For Mining Sector In Africa

     31st March 2017 Afrivalve, part of the eDART Group of Companies, have further expanded their range to now offer the Gemü Valve and Control Systems range in the mining and metal refining sector in Africa. This further compliments the eDART Slurry Control Valves, C-Tech knife gate valves, Red Roc Pinch valves and... 

Angola aims to attract major mining investor, develop local ones

By: Keith Campbell     31st March 2017 The copper/cobalt belt, known as the Central African Copperbelt, already well-known and exploited in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, also extends into Angola. This has been determined by surveying activities carried out under Angola’s National Geology Plan (known by the Portuguese... 

Iron-ore mine builds 1 000-person changehouse at mine

By: Nadine James     31st March 2017 Prefabricated accommodation specialist Speedspace is expected to complete the construction of  a 1 000-person change house for Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela project, in Postmasburg, in the Northern Cape, on schedule. As of March 14, the project was on track for completion by the end of March, barring... 

New drill logistically self-sufficient

By: Victor Moolman     31st March 2017 The new track-mounted VersaMobile KmN.8UM drill from mining equipment manufacturer VersaDrill Canada is self-sufficient to the point that it does not need mine vehicle involvement to facilitate its transportation when operating underground. 

Opportunities aplenty for S Africa-based contractor

By: Nadine James     31st March 2017 African buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings will supply a construction camp and site offices valued at R20-million for a Guinean gold project by mid-2017. Kwikspace business development executive Nick Alexander says the 1 400 m2 project includes accommodation for 120 personnel,... 

Slag use in building system offers multiple benefits

     31st March 2017 Alternative construction system company Moladi has developed a means of incorporating mine slag into its Moladi mix, offering mining companies a viable method for recycling their waste material and reduced construction costs when developing mine-site accommodation. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Strong outlook for recovering ferrochrome industry – Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2017 Ferrochrome and chrome ore prices recovered from rock bottom in the first quarter of last year to levels twice and four times higher in 2017, a year in which a shortage of electricity supply has ceased to be a constraining factor, ferrochrome company Merafe reports. Despite market volatility in... 

Turnkey Instruments

     31st March 2017 Gauteng-based industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Turnkey Instruments South Africa (SA) produces a range of instruments for the mining and quarrying industries, as well as local police and authorities. Its product portfolio includes road vehicle brake testers and window tint... 

Training on the move with Atlas Copco RCS Mobile Trailer

     29th March 2017 Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique has invested in a RCS (Rig Control System) Mobile Trailer to make training more accessible, convenient and affordable by taking it to the customer’s doorstep. RSC is all about faster fault detection, lower maintenance costs and enhanced rig... 

Drilling operations achieve impressive safety records

     24th March 2017 Two underground diamond drilling sites operated by mining industry services provider Rosond have achieved five years of ‘zero harm’. Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplat’s) Dishaba mine, previously known as Amandelbult before being split into Dishaba and Tumela, near Thabazimbi, in... 

Mine mechanisation and automation accelerating in South Africa and globally, says Sandvik

By: Ilan Solomons     24th March 2017 The mechanisation and automation of mines in South Africa and globally is accelerating, with ancillary support services, such as information technology (IT), information transfer and data analysis, among others, taking on greater importance, says mining equipment and services provider Sandvik... 

New programme increases environmental stewardship awareness at quarries

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 Environmental stewardship by private sector producers association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) member quarries, across South Africa, has improved significantly since the inception of the Aspasa About Face environmental management programme in 1994.  

Local procurement targets achieved in 2016

     17th March 2017 Heavy mineral sands extraction and refining company Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) awarded contracts to 12 local community enterprises and five joint ventures (JVs) in 2016, continuing its journey of empowering local businesses. Demonstrating that it is serious about local community empowerment, the... 

Makhapa Makhafola

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2017 This week we feature Dr Makhapa Makhafola, the GM Research & Development at the State minerals research organisation Mintek. 

New entrants lack experience in coal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 A lot of people are entering the coal sector with no experience in coal whatsoever, nonprofit trust Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) lead coal course presenter and coal industry specialist Alan Johns tells Mining Weekly 

Sonic drilling represents untapped potential for mining

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th March 2017 There is huge scope in the future for the adoption of sonic drilling by mining companies in South Africa, which heavy minerals mining companies can capitalise on, says exploration drilling industry training course provider Colin Rice Exploration & Training founder Colin Rice. Local use of sonic... 

Surface miner proves its mettle in S Africa trials

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Mining and construction services provider Wirtgen South Africa has successfully finalised trials of its 2200 SM surface miner at three coal mines, in Mpumalanga, where the capabilities of the machine were tested under local mining conditions, proving that it is a viable alternative to opencast... 

Take community engagement seriously, ARM’s Motsepe advises 

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2017 The South African mining industry must take community engagement extremely seriously to prevent this country’s global competitiveness from being negatively impacted, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe urged on Thursday. Speaking at question time after ARM... 

A catalyst for innovation, Goldcorp pushes the envelope on technological advances

By: Henry Lazenby     11th March 2017 Canadian gold major Goldcorp is acting as a catalyst to bring innovation into the mining industry, an industry traditionally loathe to adopt new technologies that could ultimately improve the bottom line. As exemplified in its leading role in sponsoring the #DisruptMining competition during the... 

Facility set to boost skills, grow industry after slump

By: Victor Moolman     10th March 2017 Valve manufacturer AVK Southern Africa’s new R200-million training academy, in Alrode, Gauteng, will train 1 500 people by the end of the year. 

On track for low-cost production profile

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th March 2017 West African gold producer, developer and explorer Avesoro Resources expects its New Liberty gold mine, in Liberia, to be cash-flow positive during 2017, moving it closer to realising a low-cost production profile. 

MICROMINE held its first training course at UMMC Technical University

     9th March 2017 MICROMINE Russia has held their first training course at the UMMC Technical University (UMMC TU) in Ekaterinburg. The training, which ran from February 27th to March 3rd, was focused on teaching students and faculty about open pit planning and mining operations support using MICROMINE’s Pitram... 

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