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Bolívar mine, Mexico

By: Thabi Madiba     26th May 2017 A copper/silver/zinc/gold mine located in Urique, in Mexico. 

Industrie 4.0 set to improve all processes, grow economy

     23rd May 2017 Advanced automation can improve virtually any process, anywhere, and has the potential to grow the South African economy and create jobs.   Industry leaders participating at the upcoming Africa Automation Fair and Connected Industries conference note that Industrie 4.0, the catchphrase describing... 

Gem Diamonds recovers 98 ct diamond at Letšeng

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds on Tuesday reported recovering a 98.42 ct high-quality D-colour Type II diamond at its 70%-owned Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. CEO Clifford Elphick commented that it had recovered 25 479 ct of diamonds at Letšeng at a grade of 1.53 carats per hundred tonnes (cpht), against an... 

Galena complex, US

By: Sheila Barradas     19th May 2017 A silver/copper/lead/zinc mine located in the Coeur d’Alene mining district in Shoshone County, Idaho, in the US. 

New cost-slashing platinum technology gaining impressive momentum

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2017 The new cost-slashing, time-saving, capital-unlocking, mine-broadening and cobalt-saving platinum technology, driven by diversified mining company Pallinghurst and South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is gaining impressive international momentum as an initiative... 

Oxford Instruments launches X-MET8000 Expert Geo - a new high-performance handheld XRF analyser for geochemical analysis throughout the mining process

     18th May 2017 Oxford Instruments has added the X-MET8000 Expert Geo to its successful range of X-MET8000 handheld XRF (X-ray fluorescence) analysers for geochemical analysis throughout the mining process, from the early stages of exploration to process waste analyses. X-MET8000 Expert Geo offers fast material... 

Mining starts at new Kazakhstan chrome deposit

By: Mariaan Webb     17th May 2017 Ferrochrome producer Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) has started mining a new chrome deposit with mineable reserves of more than three-million tonnes. Located within the site of Kazakhstan's 10th Anniversary of Independence mine, in Khromtau, the deposit is expected to produce 300 000 t/y of... 

Huge tech rewards for SA opencast mines, but underground operations lag behind

By: David Oliveira     12th May 2017 The adoption of new technology, aimed at improving operational efficiency and lowering costs, is driving the future of the resources sector globally. However, South Africa’s deep-level underground platinum and gold mining sectors, with their unique challenges, have proven to be slower in adopting... 

Africa demanding more mining tech, new solutions offered

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 The demand for mine planning solutions is on the rise in Africa, with mining solutions developer Maptek Africa GM Nick Venter noting that there is particular interest in new technology that can be integrated with current systems. 

Huge tech rewards for SA opencast mines, but underground operations lag behind

By: David Oliveira     12th May 2017 The adoption of new technology, aimed at improving operational efficiency and lowering costs, is driving the future of the resource sector globally. However, South Africa’s deep-level underground platinum and gold mining, with its unique challenges, has proven to be slower in the adoption of new... 

Improved outcomes at member quarries

     12th May 2017 Voluntary producers association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) notes a significant improvement in the environmental stewardship of its member quarries across South Africa since the inception of its About Face programme. Launched in 1994, the programme has... 

Mine planning software a must for modern miners

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 In the face of numerous technical challenges, as well as the overall drive to reduce mining costs and improve efficiency amid commodity price volatility, miners globally can no longer afford to operate without using modern analytical, modelling, simulation and optimisation software, says mining... 

Avesoro posts positive earnings in March quarter

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2017 Dual-listed West African gold producer Avesoro Resources produced 14 906 oz during the quarter ended March 31. The company, formerly Aureus Mining, achieved an operating cash cost of $1 051/oz at its New Liberty mine, in Liberia – a 46% quarter-on-quarter decrease. 

Capitalising on need to save water

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th May 2017 Vibrating equipment and solutions original-equipment manufacturer Kwatani, previously called Joest Kwatani, is capitalising on the recent drive by South African mines to increase the efficiency of their water use through innovation and technology by providing customised vibrating dewatering... 

Guanaceví mine, Mexico

By: Sheila Barradas     5th May 2017 A silver/gold mine located in the north-west portion of the Mexican state of Durango, about 3.6 km west of Guanaceví. 

Master Blaster CEO takes issue with Frost & Sullivan findings on explosives

By: Ilan Solomons     5th May 2017 The findings of a recent report by market research company Frost & Sullivan entitled ‘The Mining Explosives Market in South Africa for Coal, Iron Ore, Gold and PGMs, Forecast to 2020’ are technically and factually incorrect, contends blasting solutions provider Master Blaster CEO Mark Davis. In... 

Mission urges ‘imminent action’ to curb contamination from old Kyrgyzstan mine

By: Ilan Solomons     5th May 2017 An environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on a former lead and zinc mine in the Sumsar industrial area, in Kyrgyzstan, which was undertaken jointly by international nongovernmental mine action organisation the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) and the Agency for Tailings Management of... 

Shift in thinking positive for uptake of new tech

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th May 2017 Mineral processing specialist Multotec is taking advantage of the prioritisation of water recovery and treatment in mining operations by creating awareness in the industry about its unconventional water-treatment methods. Multotec’s Samplers, Solid/Liquid and Magnetic Separation (SSM) division GM... 

Taseko swings back into the black as higher copper, molybdenum prices lift Q1 earnings

By: Henry Lazenby     4th May 2017 Base metals producer Taseko Mines has reported stronger-than-expected earnings for the first quarter ended March 31, as higher copper prices and a sharp recovery in the price for molybdenum dovetailed into higher sales volumes. The Vancouver-based company reported net income of C$16.5-million, or... 

Katanga on track to commission WOL project in Q4

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th May 2017 TSX-listed Katanga Mining will continue to focus on waste mining ahead of the commissioning of its whole ore leach (WOL) project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Katanga mined 5.39-million tonnes during the quarter ended March 31, a 250% increase on that mined in the fourth quarter of 2016... 

MACA wins Browns Range mining contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st May 2017 Rare earths developer Northern Minerals has awarded a A$6-million mining contract for its Browns Range pilot project, in Western Australia, to ASX-listed MACA. Under the agreement, MACA will mine 180 000 t of ore and associated waste from the Wolverine and Gambit pits. 

Platinum's process leap given Parliamentary pep

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2017 A significantly improved platinum group metals (PGMs) processing method has been developed with the assistance of South Africa's State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has informed Parliament. In response to questions posed by Shadow... 

Beeshoek mine, South Africa

By: Thabi Madiba     28th April 2017 An iron-ore mine located in Postmasburg, in South Africa’s Northern Cape. 

SRK rated among SA’s top five consulting engineering firms

By: Ilan Solomons     28th April 2017 Independent engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting South Africa has been rated a top five company in South Africa’s consulting engineering, mining and infrastructure segment in the recent Top 500 Companies Awards. The awards survey over 3 000 businesses and honour those that excel... 

Anglo commits to innovative mining that’ll keep people out of harm’s way

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2017 Keeping people out of harm’s way, extracting more precious ore and less waste rock, recycling all the required water and producing only dry tailings are among the innovative steps diversified mining company Anglo American is firmly committed to taking.  “The real future of mining lies in turning... 

Oil and mining giants detail road map to reduce carbon by half

By: Bloomberg     25th April 2017 A group of companies and nonprofit agencies that includes energy giants Royal Dutch Shell and BHP Billiton said global greenhouse gas emissions could be cut in half by 2040 without impeding economic development, in part by converting grids to use mostly renewable power. The declining costs of... 

Amplats’ Q1 output up 1% y/y

By: Anine Kilian     24th April 2017 A strong performance by its Mogalakwena mine has contributed to a 1% year-on-year increase in JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) production to 571 900 oz for the quarter ended March 31. Mogalakwena’s output rose 3% year-on-year to 111 900 oz, with strong plant recoveries and... 

Improved mine productivity drives Sishen's Q1 production up 31%

By: Anine Kilian     24th April 2017 Improved mining productivity contributed to a 31% year-on-year increase in the Sishen mine’s output for the quarter ended March 31, to 7.7-million tonnes. “Production, however, decreased 10% [year-on-year] as the fourth quarter of 2016 benefitted from greater access to low strip ratio ore. Waste... 

Strongbow’s South Crofty to revive age-old tin mining tradition in Cornwall 

By: Henry Lazenby     21st April 2017 Bolstered by strengthening tin prices and improving fundamental support in the long term, Canadian mineral exploration firm Strongbow Exploration is set to revive a mining tradition in England’s county of Cornwall, that reaches back thousands of years to the early Bronze Age. The company’s... 

Zambian mine in first-of-a-kind tailings dump site rehab, hopes to eventually produce biodiesel

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st April 2017 Zambia’s largest integrated copper producer, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), owned by global conglomerate Vedanta Resources, has launched the first project of its kind in Zambia to rehabilitate a mining site. The project, launched earlier this month, aims to cultivate elite Pongamia Pinnata trees for... 

Evolution costs and production down in March quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2017 Gold miner Evolution Mining has reported record low group all-in sustaining costs (AISC) of A$840/oz during the three months to March, down 7% quarter-on-quarter. Group gold production during the quarter reached 202 926 oz, which was in line with the 200 000 oz target previously set by the... 

Centerra receives all required Kumtor permits for 2017

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2017 TSX-listed Centerra Gold has received its 2017 maximum allowable discharge (MAD) permit that allows it to discharge treated effluent from the Kumtor mine tailings management facility, in the Kyrgyz Republic, starting in the spring. Centerra advised on Wednesday that Kumtor had all the necessary... 

Glencore cobalt supplies in Congo face hold up over mine row

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2017 A dispute between State-owned Gecamines and its joint venture partner at a Congolese cobalt mine that supplies Glencore threatens to halt the supply of as much as 4% of the metal within two months. Jersey-registered GTL, a joint venture between Gecamines and closely held Groupe Forrest... 

PTM reviews strategic alternatives as Maseve’s underperformance leaves a hole in pocket

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2017 Canadian precious metals miner Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has cut its 2017 guidance from 100 000 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) to 85 000 oz 4E, saying it is working with BMO Capital Markets and Macquarie Capital to review and assess corporate and asset-level strategic... 

Lac des Iles mine, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     14th April 2017 A palladium mine about 90 km north-west of Thunder Bay, in Ontario. 

Lesotho diamond mine poised to start commercial production in June

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th April 2017 Aim-listed diamond development company Firestone Diamonds expects its Liqhobong diamond mine, in Lesotho, to reach commercial production at the end of June. Commissioning of the mine started in October 2016, with mine construction completed on time and within the $185.4-million budget. In a... 

Revised mine plan, updated reserves extend life of Tanzania gold mine

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th April 2017 East Africa-focused gold producer, developer and explorer Shanta Gold has announced a revised mine plan for its New Luika gold mine, in Tanzania, for January 2017 to December 2023, as well as an updated reserve plan for the mine. “The revised mine plan highlights the true prospectivity and future... 

Perseus makes positive start to 2017, as Edikan’s Q1 production rises 51% q/q

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th April 2017 Dual-listed gold miner Perseus Mining has made a positive start to 2017, with 48 655 oz of gold produced in the quarter ended March 31. Production for the quarter was 51% higher than that produced in the December 2016 quarter, with the Edikan mine, in Ghana, on track to achieve its production... 

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