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Evolution of cyclones to improve coal fines recovery

27th January 2021 Continuous improvement of Multotec classification cyclones helps customers meet both commercial and environmental imperatives in the coal sector, according to Ernst Bekker, product specialist cyclones at Multotec. “Today, there is an intense focus on the beneficiation of coal fines, which in the... 

Aton appoints Egypt country manager

26th January 2021 TSX-V-listed Aton Resources has announced the appointment of Dr Sherif Sousa as its new Egypt country manager. Sousa’s career in Egypt’s oil, gas and mining industries span more than 40 years. He was the first chairperson of the Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority and was instrumental in the... 

Katco JV has 128 positive Covid-19 cases

25th January 2021 The Katco joint venture (JV) between Kazatomprom and Orano Mining has suspended noncore site activities in Kazakhstan, after 128 people tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement on Friday, Kazatomprom said Katco’s sites had been placed under quarantine on orders of health authorities.... 

Canadian junior loses rights to Peru concessions

25th January 2021 Canadian junior Tesoro Minerals’ stock plunged on Friday, after the company revealed that its right to acquire mineral concessions in the Tambo Grande district of Peru has been rescinded. Tesoro reported that Peru had passed a supreme decree, which repealed previous decrees that had granted the... 

Griffith appointed CEO designate of Gold Fields

21st January 2021 JSE- and NYSE-listed Gold Fields has appointed Chris Griffith CEO designate. Griffith will succeed Nick Holland with effect from April 1. Holland, who had been due to retire on September 30 after 13 years as CEO of the company, has agreed to retire six months earlier to facilitate the leadership... 

Buffalo appoints new nonexec director

21st January 2021 South African coal miner Buffalo Coal has appointed Rory Taylor independent nonexecutive director and chairperson of the audit committee with effect from January 22. Taylor, a Canadian resident, is a chartered accountant (South Africa) and seasoned finance executive with a record of capable... 

Getting the right tools for mining to go digital

19th January 2021 The astute application of digital tools is the key to continuously improving efficiencies on underground mines, according to Niel McCoy, business line manager for automation and digitalisation at Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions. McCoy says that the choice of digital tools needs to be based on... 

The Age of Aluminium

19th January 2021 The Copper, Bronze and Iron Ages have each allowed humanity to develop and achieve new technological advancements and innovations like never before. The Iron Age developed into the Steel Age that continues today. With the growth in renewables demanding a lighter construction with recycling... 

Right Chute design can save high conveyor costs

15th January 2021 Conveyor belts are high cost items in any bulk materials handling application, so it is vital that damage and undue wear is avoided through the correct design of transfer points. “Where chute systems are not properly designed and manufactured, mines will invariably face sky-rocketing conveyor... 

Lucara recovers 341 ct diamond at Karowe

15th January 2021 Diamond miner Lucara Diamond Corp has recovered an unbroken 341 ct top white gem-quality diamond from its Karowe mine, in Botswana. The diamond was recovered over the holiday period from milling of ore sourced from the south-western quadrant of the South Lobe M/PK(S) unit.  

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