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Chantelle Kotze

Chantelle Kotze

Chantelle Kotze is a former Staff Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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By Chantelle Kotze

MINAS MOATIZ
Beacon Hill Resources aims to rapidly develop its flagship Minas Moatize coking coal mine, in Tete province, Mozambique, into a profitable Tier 1 cash cost producer

Beacon Hill offer aimed at rapid development of Moz mine, reducing shareholder dilution

16th January 2015

Aim-listed Beacon Hill Resources is proposing an up to €5-million open offer focused on reducing the dilutive impact of its restructuring on existing shareholders and to rapidly develop its... 


Industrial processes’ expensive-to-capture CO2 can tackle AMD, says Royal HaskoningDHV

12th December 2014

Unwanted carbon dioxide (CO2) produced in industrial processes, which is often too expensive to capture, can effectively be used in the mining industry to treat the problem of acid mine drainage... 


KATE COLLIER 
These regulations are important for workplace health and safety in general, and in the mining industry in particular, to continuously develop and improve

Amendment places additional reporting obligations on employers

12th December 2014

Changes to the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA) have been made, which the mining industry must heed to ensure it is compliant going forward, says law firm Webber Wentzel partner Kate Collier. 


WARREN BEECH
Mining companies need to ensure that a realistic picture of the challenges are created because once accepted, they can be dealt with

Legislative uncertainty impacting on mining, worrying investors

12th December 2014

Regulatory and legislative uncertainty – with specific reference to gaps created by the amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and the National Environmental... 


Future sustainability hinges on step change in mining business model

12th December 2014

A complete step change in the current mining business model in South Africa is required for the industry to survive in future, believes global consulting firm Deloitte Africa energy and resources... 


Future S African mining technology investment focused on safety issues

Future S African mining technology investment focused on safety issues

11th December 2014

The top two areas for future technology investment in the mining sector are fatigue management and collision avoidance/proximity-detection tools, tackling daily safety issues faced by operators,... 


Beacon Hill aims to reduce restructuring impact on shareholders, speed up Minas Moatize development

Beacon Hill aims to reduce restructuring impact on shareholders, speed up Minas Moatize development

9th December 2014

Aim-listed Beacon Hill Resources is proposing an up to €5-million open offer focused on reducing the dilutive impact of its restructuring on existing shareholders and to rapidly develop its Minas... 


Implats expects more than 20% lower HEPS, EPS for H2

Implats expects more than 20% lower HEPS, EPS for H2

9th December 2014

Platinum miner Impala Platinum (Implats) expects more than 20% lower headline earnings per share (HEPS) and basic earinings per share (EPS) for the six months ended December 31 compared with the... 


Lonmin Furnace One shutdown not expected to affect production

8th December 2014

Platinum-mining company Lonmin expects the repair of its Number One furnace to take about three months, following its shutdown without incident after a leak of molten furnace matte was detected. 


Deshnee Naidoo

Deshnee Naidoo

5th December 2014

Main Activity of the Company: Mining, processing, refining and selling zinc concentrate/metal and associated by-products Date and Place of Birth: February 27, 1976, Durban, South Africa Education:... 


INDUSTRY UNDER THREAT
Zambia’s 2015 budget could nullify incentives to invest in the country’s mining industry

Zambia tax reform proposals could spell disaster for mines

5th December 2014

Zambia’s 2015 budget, which contains proposals for far-reaching reforms to the mining fiscal tax regime, will have significant implications for the mining industry, leaving several mines cash flow... 


Francois van Niekerk
Van Niekerk, who replaces Sylvester Duma, has spent an 11-year tenure at AEL Mining Services

AEL Mining Services appoints new global sourcing manager

5th December 2014

As part of its growth expansion strategy, explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services announced the appointment of Francois van Niekerk to manage its global sourcing department. 


Chamber, Parliament pledge support  for govt stamp-out of illegal mining by February

Chamber, Parliament pledge support for govt stamp-out of illegal mining by February

5th December 2014

While it is unclear whether illegal mining in and around South African mines is on the increase or decrease, Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant was quoted in... 


Zambia’s 2015 budget threatens viability of mines in the country

28th November 2014

Zambia’s 2015 budget, which contained proposals for far-reaching reforms to the mining fiscal tax regime, would have significant implications for the mining industry, leaving several mines cash... 


DESHNEE NAIDOO
Naidoo will fulfil the role of CEO designate for Vedanta Resources’ Zinc International as well as Vedanta group company Sesa Sterlite’s Copper Mines of Tasmania subsidiary

Former Anglo employee Deshnee Naidoo appointed Gamsberg-Skorpion CEO

28th November 2014

Vedanta Resources’ Zinc International announced the appointment of former Anglo American Thermal Coal CFO Deshnee Naidoo as CEO designate at its Gamsberg–Skorpion integrated project stakeholder... 


ON THE MAP The three-year R8.7-billion Gamsberg–Skorpion integrated zinc project is set to put South Africa’s Northern Cape on the map as one of the most important suppliers of refined zinc globally

Vedanta approves R8.7bn Gamsberg-Skorpion integrated zinc project

28th November 2014

LSE-listed diversified miner Vedanta Resources, which announced the approval of the three-year R8.7-billion Gamsberg–Skorpion integrated zinc project development last week, aims to make the... 


GUY LUNDY
Although Africa’s borders were starting to become more efficient, it had a lot of work to do regarding the integration of its regional economies

Futurist sees Africa’s rise, calls for faster integration

28th November 2014

Only 13% to 15% of Africa’s trade takes place within the continent – compared with 63% in Europe and 40% in North America – leaving huge scope for better economic integration among African... 


Worker unrest, cost pressures and demand weakness hit mining companies in 2014 financial year

28th November 2014

The 2014 financial year was marred by labour unrest, compounded by local cost pressures and international demand weakness which resulted in shrinking margins and wide ranging impairment provisions... 


AWARD HANDOVER
Palabora Copper mining division GM Johan van Dyk with the client achievement award presented to it by Modular Mining Systems on October 29, 2014

Modular Mining Systems honours Palabora Copper for using its solutions for 30 years

21st November 2014

Mine management solutions provider Modular Mining Systems last month presented a long-term client service award to refined copper producer Palabora Copper (PC), a subsidiary of Palabora Mining... 


MUSA MANZI Manzi is researching new ways of interpreting 3D seismic reflective data – acquired by gold miners Gold Fields and AngloGold Ashanti – of the Witwatersrand basin

Technology initially developed for oil and gas industry enables visualisation of subsurface of entire mining area

21st November 2014

Using only traditional exploration techniques, such as drilling boreholes, does not enable an accurate perspective of the structural complexity of the earth’s subsurface at depth. However, using... 


Wits lecturer aiming to establish seismic reflection laboratory

21st November 2014

The mining industry has taken heed of the need to develop and nurture a constant stream of quality graduates that can develop solutions in problem areas and has as a result contributed... 


Vedanta Resources’ Zinc International subsidiary CEO designate Deshnee Naidoo

Vedanta’s Zinc International appoints CEO designate

20th November 2014

Vedanta Resources’ Zinc International subsidiary has appointed former Anglo American Thermal Coal CFO Deshnee Naidoo as CEO designate. 


Vedanta Zinc International CEO Kishor Kumar

Vedanta sees Southern Africa as key global zinc supplier

18th November 2014

LSE-listed diversified miner Vedanta Resources, which last week announced the approval of the three-year R8.7-billion Gamsberg–Skorpion integrated project development, aims to make the Southern... 


FRANCOIS HAY
Despite low commodity prices throughout Africa, BME's vision as a group is to create customer wealth by leveraging its knowledge

BME conference contributes to explosives education, information sharing

14th November 2014

Mining explosives company BME hosted its twenty-second yearly Drilling and Blasting Conference at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s International Conference Centre, in Pretoria,... 


CONE CRUSHER
The MP2500 is designed for use in secondary and tertiary crushing

Metso’s huge MP2500 cone crusher to start operating at Zambia mine in the new year

14th November 2014

Diversified engineering group Metso's first MP2500 cone crusher will be operational at base metals miner First Quantum Minerals' (FQM) Sentinel mine, in Zambia, early next year. 


Biogas power generation has huge potential for postmining land use

Biogas power generation has huge potential for postmining land use

7th November 2014

Global climate change and the need for sustainable land rehabilitation in the mining industry are prompting mining companies to reassess their approach to postmining land use to ensure that they... 


Biogas power generation has huge potential for postmining land use

Biogas power generation has huge potential for postmining land use

7th November 2014

Global climate change and the need for sustainable land rehabilitation in the mining industry are prompting mining companies to reassess their approach to postmining land use to ensure that they... 


VELILE NHLAPO
Nhlapo has been appointed as interim CEO of Fraser Alexander

Royal Bafokeng Holdings unit’s CEO steps down

31st October 2014

Jaap Nel has stepped down as CEO and as a member of the board of directors of mining solutions company Fraser Alexander, which is a subsidiary of Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH), on October 13. 


TRANSFORMATION AGENDA Palabora Copper’s 100% Level 4 broad-based black economic-empowerment status will be valid until October 2015

Palabora Copper awarded Level 4 BBBEE status

31st October 2014

Refined copper producer Palabora Copper (PC), a subsidiary of Palabora Mining Company (PMC), achieved a Level 4 broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) status earlier this month following an... 


ROGER DIXON While machines and systems are vital to better productivity, so is the health of the workers themselves

Mine productivity down 7% last year as greater depths, tricky orebodies and labour unrest take toll

31st October 2014

As the latest statistics from Productivity SA show that labour productivity in the mining sector fell almost 7% last year, mine management urgently needs a long-term vision for an operating... 


DECLAN VOGT
The use of machinery to create dramatic improvements in safety by eliminating risk exposure is the primary route the industry should pursue with greater vigour than before

Wits CMMS to host rock cutting technology course

31st October 2014

The University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (CMMS) will host a rock cutting technology course focused on hard rock boring and coal mining applications next... 


LIVING IN THE NOW
The mining industry in South Africa is so caught up in the struggle to survive, in an era of collapsing prices, that it is difficult for management to think beyond the now and focus on the long term

South African CEOs being called upon to increase productivity, profits amid lack of funds, complex geology and labour unrest

24th October 2014

The role of the South African mining industry CEO is changing as they are being tasked on an ongoing basis with the high-pressure job of maintaining and creating value in an industry plagued with... 


BENEFICIAL AGREEMENT
The mutually beneficial partnership will enable Ferrit to distribute AARD’s range of trackless mobile mining machinery, while AARD, in turn, distribute Ferrit’s range of suspended monorail and rail-bound transport equipment

South Africa’s AARD aiming to export to more countries

24th October 2014

Despite achieving export highs in North America, Europe, Zambia, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Botswana, South Africa-based 60% black-controlled AARD Mining Equipment... 


LARGE UNDERTAKING
The longest abnormal piece of steelwork used in the headgear project was more than 13-m-long and weighed about 30 t

SA group delivering components of 1 100 t headgear to Zambian mine

24th October 2014

Heavy engineering group of companies Steel Services & Allied Industries (SS&AI) is delivering the components to site for a 1 100 t steel headgear manufacturing project, which is expected to be... 


LOOKING FORWARD
Developing cutting edge mining technology and relevant skills is important in ensuring productive future mines

Importance of developing cutting-edge mining technology stressed

24th October 2014

The future of mining through the eyes of the next generation places importance on working towards ensuring a sustainable future, by means of developing cutting edge mining technology and finely... 


Fraser Alexander interim CEO Velile Nhlapo

Fraser Alexander appoints interim CEO

20th October 2014

Jaap Nel has stepped down as CEO and as a member of the board of directors of mining solutions company Fraser Alexander, which is a subsidiary of Royal Bafokeng Holdings. His resignation is... 


RECOVERY PROCESS
Submerged Industrial’s cyanide recovery process produces an instantaneous reaction in the reactor, with zero emissions, owing to its closed-circuit recovery process

Firm develops new process to recover cyanide

17th October 2014

Separation technology provider Submerged Industrial has developed a unique process to recover cyanide, a substance most commonly used as a reagent in the gold recovery process and, in some cases,... 


Mantashe presses mining industry to forge beneficial partnerships

17th October 2014

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has highlighted the importance of forming partnerships within the mining industry to ensure a... 


GWEDE MANTASHE
The mining industry has a negative narrative, which is influencing the level at which it was being ranked when compared with other industries

Mantashe presses mining industry to forge beneficial partnerships

17th October 2014

African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has highlighted the importance of forming partnerships within the mining industry to ensure a successful future. 


Chamber of Mines president Mike Teke

CEOs walk the tightrope that is the SA mining industry

10th October 2014

The role of the South African mining industry CEO is changing as they are being tasked on an ongoing basis with the high-pressure job of maintaining and creating value in an industry plagued with... 


Monitoring, assessing of land reclamation methods gaining momentum in SA

Monitoring, assessing of land reclamation methods gaining momentum in SA

10th October 2014

The mining industry contributes significantly to South Africa’s economic development and job creation. It also remains an infinite source of growth for the country, which means that postmining... 


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