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NUM declares dispute with MCSA, Solidarity to continue gold wage negotiations

By: Simone Liedtke     21st August 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Tuesday declared a wage dispute with the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA), after the MCSA on Tuesday presented a conditional revised offer, subject to trade unions removing the other claims from the table. The dispute comes amid the gold producers... 

BHP suffers outage at Olympic dam copper smelter

By: Reuters     21st August 2018 Global miner BHP Billiton said it was assessing the impact of an ongoing outage at its Olympic dam copper smelter in South Australia, as it released its annual results on Tuesday. The outage followed the failure of several boiler tubes at the acid plant, it said without offering an expected... 

Harmony enters 1.5m oz gold production realm

By: Martin Creamer     21st August 2018 The growth aspiration of Harmony Gold to produce at a rate of 1.5-million ounces of gold a year is within a hair’s breadth of becoming a foregone conclusion as production at Hidden Valley in Papua New Guinea and Moab Khotsong in South Africa click in optimally during the current financial year.... 

M&R announces new appointments for underground mining platform

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2018 Mike da Costa was appointed CEO of Murray & Robert’s (M&R’s) global underground mining platform, effective August 1, mining contracting company M&R Cementation reported on Monday. The M&R underground mining platform covers six continents and its service offering spans the project value chain... 

Oposura scoping study nears completion

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2018 ASX-listed Azure Minerals is nearing completion of a scoping study for its Oposura zinc/lead/silver project, in Mexico. The study remains on schedule for completion in the third quarter of this year. 

Impairments dent Harmony’s FY18 earnings

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 Despite meeting its production guidance targets and increasing its underground recovered grade by 8%, gold producer Harmony Gold warned in a trading statement on Friday that it expects its full-year headline earnings per share (HEPS) to be 40% to 45% lower than in 2017. HEPS for the year ended... 

Canada Cobalt produces first cobalt sulphate from Castle mine

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 TSX-listed Canada Cobalt Works produced the first premium-grade cobalt sulphate from its 100%-owned Castle mine, in Northern Ontario, using its proprietary Re-2OX process.  President and CEO Frank Basa said in a statement on Thursday that pilot plant production of cobalt/nickel-rich gravity... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela... 

Nkwe recommends Zijin offer aceptance

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th August 2018 The independent directors of South Africa-focused Nkwe Platinum have unanimously recommended a 10c a share takeover offer from shareholder Zijin Mining Group. The 10c a share takeover offer was a 25% improvement on the 8c a share offer launched in March this year, and provided shareholders with... 

Elkview mine, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     17th August 2018 A metallurgical coal mine located about 3 km east of Sparwood, in south-eastern British Columbia, in Canada. 

Software platform boosts operator performance

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     17th August 2018 Durban-based global supplier of surface and underground mining simulators ThoroughTec Simulation developed the CYBERMINE WX platform that monitors operator performance and provides targeted training to improve efficiencies. The CYBERMINE WX platform is being tested at local mines where the... 

Copper production forecast to plateau in 2019

17th August 2018 Think tank International Copper Study Group (ICSG) forecasts that global copper production will grow by around 3% in 2018 and then remain unchanged in 2019. At a meeting in Lisbon, Portugal in April, government delegates and industry advisers from most of the world’s leading copper producing and... 

New-gen scanning technology released, interest from SA companies

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th August 2018 Global corporate engineering and consulting group DMT has released the new-generation Slim Borehole Scanner (SBS) technology for imaging extra-slim drill holes with a diameter of 23 mm, with keen interest from local mining companies, says DMT director Sodhie Naicker. One of the SBS’s primary... 

Digitisation brings innovation opportunities

17th August 2018 Digital transformation brings opportunities for innovation and doing business in new and exciting ways – elements that are critical to business success in a volatile economic market, says global communications provider BT Global Services major deals lead and mining, oil and gas head Stephen du... 

Cable bolt technology to improve safety

17th August 2018 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology continues to set the pace in underground mining with the launch of its rock-reinforcement cable bolter with automated one-hole drilling designed to improve safety and productivity. The Sandvik DS221L will significantly... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela... 

Shanta lifts H1 profit

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2018 Aim-listed Shanta Gold has reported earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $23-million for the half year ended June 30, 2018,  up from $21.5-million in the first half of 2017. This was achieved despite fewer ounces being sold in the half year and increased royalty... 

MC Mining secures R15m banking facility for Uitkomst colliery

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2018 Coal miner MC Mining’s 70%-owned Uitkomst colliery has procured a revolving asset facility from South African financial institution Absa Bank. Uitkomst intends to use the facility to finance the acquisition of new underground mining equipment following the transition to owner-operated mining at... 

New assets deliver turnaround for Yancoal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th August 2018 ASX-listed Yancoal Australia has reported significantly improved numbers in the six months ended June, after the acquisition of mining major Rio Tinto’s Coal & Allied assets in 2017. Yancoal on Thursday reported that revenue for the interim period had reached A$2.3-billion, compared with the... 

One of South Africa’s oldest gold mines likely to reopen next year

By: Mariaan Webb     16th August 2018 Southern Africa-focused Galane Gold is advancing plans to reopen the Galaxy gold mine near Barberton, in Mpumalanga, with the company saying on Thursday that first production at the property is planned for March next year. The TSX-V-listed miner, which operates the Mupane mine in Botswana, said... 

Workers reject latest wage offer by South African gold producers

By: African News Agency      16th August 2018 Workers unions on Wednesday rejected the revised three-year wage offers of up to 7.2% salary increases made by South African gold producers at the a centralised collective bargaining forum. This as the fourth round of wage negotiations between four unions – the  Association of Mineworkers and... 

Leagold updates FY guidance after Brio Gold buy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2018 Midtier gold miner Leagold has updated its production guidance to reflect the recent completion of its Brio Gold acquisition, which added three mines in Brazil to its portfolio. The company said this week that it expects to produce between 325 000 oz and 350 000 oz of gold at an all-in sustaining... 

Roxgold says 2018 output may be at upper-end of guidance

By: Anine Kilian     15th August 2018 Burkina Faso-focused Roxgold has delivered strong second-quarter production and cash flow results, standing the company in good stead to achieve the upper end of its 2018 production guidance. For the three months to June 30, TSX-listed Roxgold achieved gold production of 35 828 oz of gold,... 

So Why Instrument?

15th August 2018 To spell things out, here are the reasons we should instrument our civil engineering and mining projects: 

Systematic Ground Support – The Ontario Example

15th August 2018 The pursuit of zero harm is at the top of the agenda for all members of the global mining community.  A safe mine brings many benefits including higher productivity, reduced down time, fewer accidents, a stronger social license to operate, and a better overall reputation for a mining company.... 

Ausdrill adds underground expertise with Barminco deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th August 2018 Mining services provider Ausdrill has made a takeover offer for joint specialist underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco in a deal valued at A$271.5-million. The transaction will create Australia’s second-largest mining services company. 

Stornoway posts Q2 loss; Renard ramp-up slower than planned

By: Mariaan Webb     15th August 2018 The share price of Quebec diamond miner Stornoway Diamonds took a beating on Tuesday, after the company unveiled a net loss of C$35.9-million for the second quarter and said that the ramp-up of its underground mine at Renard was slower than planned. Stornoway’s share price dipped to a 12-month... 

Ivanhoe advances projects in ‘productive’ Q2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 Canadian miner Ivanhoe Mines had a productive second quarter ended June 30, with underground development at the planned initial copper mine at Kakula, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), making steady progress. The mine is expected to reach the high-grade copper mineralisation later this... 

Minnovare and Northern Star Resources Announce New ‘Technology Collaboration’.

13th August 2018 Minnovare’s ongoing collaboration with industry leading gold miner Northern Star Resources, has led to the announcement of an official ‘Technology Collaboration’ that sees the development and implementation of Minnovare technology across Northern Star’s operations in Western Australia. The... 

Copper shorts exposed to supply shock as giant mine faces strike

By: Bloomberg     12th August 2018 Copper bears could get caught wrong-footed as a strike looms at the world’s biggest mine. In the US, hedge funds’ bearish bets outnumber bullish wagers by the most since 2016, latest government data show. The top brokers on the Shanghai Futures Exchange boosted their net-short position by more... 

Trevali lifts Q2 zinc output

By: Simone Liedtke     10th August 2018 TSX-listed Trevali Mining saw achieved higher zinc production in the second quarter, ended June 30, and remains on track to achieve its full-year production and cost guidance, president and CEO Dr Mark Cruise said on Friday. Production guidance for the year remains unchanged at 400-million to... 

Lucara recovers 253 special diamonds at Karowe in Q2

By: Simone Liedtke     10th August 2018 TSX-listed Lucara Diamonds’ Karowe mine, in Botswana, delivered 253 diamonds larger than 10.8 ct during the second quarter, ended June 30, representing 10.5% of the total recovered carats. This is also the highest number of specials recovered, by quarter, since production started at Karowe. 

Difficult conditions in ferro-alloys segment impacts on Afarak’s H1 profitability

By: Simone Liedtke     10th August 2018 The second quarter of 2018, ended June 30, was particularly difficult for specialty alloys producer Afarak, the company said on Friday, with the ferro-alloys segment having shown a bad performance which negatively impacted on the group’s overall financial results. This, Afarak pointed out, was... 

Consolidated Zinc moves forward Mexico mine plans to this year

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th August 2018 ASX-listed Consolidated Zinc has flagged the start of production from its Plomosas zinc/lead/silver mine, in Mexico, before the end of 2018. The company had initially targeted a large production facility to start in 2019/20; however, Consolidated Zinc said on Friday said that the results from... 

Mining restarts at Deflector

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th August 2018 Gold miner Doray Minerals has restarted mining operations at its Deflector underground gold/copper mine, in Western Australia. The miner on Friday said that mining was resumed after a thorough safety inspection of the area where a remote controlled loader had caught fire on Wednesday. 

Hydraulic trash pumps suitable for mining conditions

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Australian pump specialist Aussie Pump Industries has noted a significant increase in the use of hydraulic drive trash pumps, which eliminates the use of internal combustion engines, says Australian pump specialist Aussie Pumps Industries chief engineer John Hales. “Our trash pumps can be adapted... 


By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2018 Operator Adam Ladouceur is guiding an electric jumbo drill at Goldcorp's Borden underground gold mine project in Canada, which is dispensing with the use of diesel-powered equipment. This quiet battery-powered tunnelling machine is making its way towards gold without lowering air quality. Near... 

Vedanta's suspends operations at Zambian unit after worker killed in accident

By: Reuters     9th August 2018 Vedanta Resources' Zambian unit said on Thursday work at its Konkola Copper Mine was stopped after one miner was killed in an underground accident to allow for investigations into the incident, the company said. In July production was halted at the same shaft, shaft 4, after a miner died in an... 

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