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Loni Prinsloo

Loni Prinsloo



Loni Prinsloo is a former contributing editor for Engineering News Online and Mining Weekly Online.

Zuma sets up task team to deal with automotive concerns

14th October 2011 President Jacob Zuma this week set up a task team to deal with concerns raised by industry leaders of South Africa’s automotive sector at a meeting held in Port Elizabeth. 

Calcium carbide firm builds 8 MW cogen plant in Newcastle

7th October 2011 KwaZulu-Natal-based South African Calcium Carbide (SACC) plans to build an 8 MW cogeneration (cogen) plant at a cost of R105-million at its calcium carbide facility in Newcastle. 

NUM wants restrictions on chrome exports to China

7th October 2011 JOHANNESBURG ( - South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday called for “urgent” restrictions on chrome exports, particularly to China. 

Nampak’s new R800m Gauteng plant to raise corrugated output

30th September 2011 Paper and packaging company Nampak has officially opened its new paper mill in Rosslyn, outside Pretoria, which increased the capacity of its corrugated business. 

Petra expects Finsch to add at least 1m carats to total production in 2012

30th September 2011 JOHANNESBURG ( − Africa-focused Petra Diamonds expects the Finsch mine, which it bought from De Beers for R1.43-billion, to add at least one-million carats to its production in the 2012 financial year. 

Alexkor explores new opportunities as it posts R84m profit

30th September 2011 JOHANNESBURG ( − State diamond miner Alexkor has reached a turning point, CEO Khetiwe McClain said on Monday, as the company reported its first operating profit in five years. 

Wesizwe prepares new strategy, reports loss

29th September 2011 JSE-listed Wesizwe Platinum on Thursday reported a loss of R393-million for the half-year ended June 30, 2011, compared with a profit of R335-million for the same period last year. Basic loss a share for the six months was 36.97c a share, compared with earnings 50.47c a share in 2010. Headline... 

Wage negotiations continue at Northam Platinum

28th September 2011 JSE-listed Northam Platinum and organised labour would enter a fourth round of wage negotiations on October 12, trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday. The union on Tuesday rejected the platinum miner’s two-year wage offer of a 5.9%, which it improved from a previous offer of 4.6%.  

Harmony resumes operations at Evander

28th September 2011 South African gold miner Harmony Gold on Wednesday restarted operations at its Evander mine in Mpumalanga. Harmony Gold spokesperson Marian van der Walt confirmed that operations had been resumed, except for the area where an accident resulted in the death of three people on Monday.  

Zimbabwean coal miner Hwange narrows loss

28th September 2011 Zimbabwean coal miner Hwange Colliery reduced its losses for six-months ended June 30, to $1.5-million, from $4.5-million the previous year. Revenue was up to $48.6-million in the first half of 2011, from $45.2-million a year earlier. The JSE-listed company attributed the interim loss to an... 

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