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Carina Borralho

Carina Borralho

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Venetia contributing significantly to SA

27th June 2014 Over its life-of-mine, the De Beers-owned Venetia diamond mine in Limpopo will create significant direct and indirect economic benefits, along with long-term employment and procurement opportunities, says the diamond producer. This project, which represents De Beers’ largest-ever investment in... 

Venetia will impact positively on investor confidence

27th June 2014 The Limpopo-based Venetia diamond expansion project, owned by diversified mining major Anglo American subsidiary De Beers, is a significant boost for the South African mining industry as a whole, as it signals both companies’ confidence in the future of the country, says mining consultancy The... 

Rare earths opportunities arise in the US

20th June 2014 While light rare-earth elements (LREEs) – produced in China and several other parts of the world – are currently in oversupply, there is an increasing demand for heavy rare-earth elements (HREEs) in the US, as HREEs are produced solely in China, says US-based rare-earth minerals company Texas... 

Positive outlook for Australia’s rare earths industry

20th June 2014 The rare earths industry has a long-term future owing to varied and advanced applications of the commodities, particularly in green products and new technologies, says Australian mining and exploration company Alkane. Alkane MD Ian Chalmers further notes that, while there are several rare earths... 

German company says SA is perfect partnership

20th June 2014 In comparison to the German market, the South African market is growing but is still very small.  The market for ware washing systems is bigger in Germany and in Europe, but South Africa’s growing market potential is why the company chose to expand in it, says German manufacturer of ware washing... 

German company says  SA is perfect partnership
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MARKET DIFFICULTIES Getting customers to understand the benefit of using a dishwasher over hand washing in a price conscious market is very difficult

Rare earths potential increasing, says specialist

20th June 2014 There is significant potential for new rare earths business outside of China, particularly in the design, construction and operation of rare earths separation refineries, says Vancouver-based rare earths specialist Canada Rare Earth. “Among other areas, Africa is showing potential with some... 

Rare earths potential increasing,  says specialist
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REACHING FOR THE RARE Africa is showing potential with some interesting rare earth deposits being discovered in countries such as Kenya

Discovering diamonds in Cape Town

6th June 2014 There has been an increase in attendance at the Cape Town Diamond Museum, owing to the growing numbers of visitors to Cape Town in general and the museum’s own marketing activities, says Cape Town Diamond Museum founder Yair Shimansky. The Cape Town Diamond Museum is a non-profit organisation... 

Discovering diamonds in Cape Town
SHOWCASING KNOWLEDGE AND BEAUTY The perfectly situated Cape Town Diamond Museum provides an opportunity for South Africans and tourists to witness the three-billion-year-old story of the diamond unfold

Botswana remains focused on diamonds

6th June 2014 Botswana has focused on its diamond mines and the wealth generated from those mines over the last 40 years, says diamond producer Lucara Diamonds. The company adds that the Botswana government has taken steps to develop a sustainable diamond industry by establishing several cutting factories in... 

Botswana remains focused on diamonds
FOCUSING ON PROFITS Lucara Diamonds plans to process more than 2.3-million tonnes, with associated diamond recoveries and sales of between 400 000 ct and 420 000 ct

Specialist consultancy on the prospects of diamond mining

6th June 2014 Despite the high costs involved in, and the long lead time needed for exploring for diamonds, they will become an increasingly rare and valuable commodity and hence one worth investing in if you do it right, says mining industry specialist consultancy, the MSA Group. “We encourage companies and... 

Future of diamond industry bright, says producer

6th June 2014 The global diamond industry is continuing to gain momentum, as there is a global scarcity of high-quality gem diamonds, which is diamond developer Rockwell Diamond’s market niche. In terms of the supply and demand fundamentals, the diamond industry outlook is, therefore, positive for the midtier... 

Future of diamond industry bright, says producer
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BENEFICIATION COMMITMENT Rockwell has initiated a drive to create jobs in South Africa at its own local mines and further down the value chain

Plastic piping perfect for water systems

30th May 2014 In light of looming water scarcity in South Africa, plastic-piping solutions provider Marley Pipe Systems is constantly exploring ways of conserving water, wherever possible. “In South Africa, excess rain can cause floods on roads and in certain low-lying areas. Attenuation is carried out when... 

Technology can solve South Africa’s water problems

30th May 2014 In addition to a possible water shortage predicted by 2020, South Africa’s water problems are being exacerbated by other challenges, such as leaking pipes, ageing infrastructure and poor municipal administration, resulting in billions of public funds being wasted every year, says consulting... 

Technology can solve South Africa’s water problems
RONNIE MCKENZIE Without real-time monitoring, a leak is often overlooked and can continue for months, if not years

Software developer provides solutions for Namibia

16th May 2014 Although very small, Namibia’s market economy is well run by government and industry players, and the economy continues to register substantial growth, particularly in the mining sector, says accounting software solutions provider AccTech Systems. AccTech claims to have a stake in a large portion... 

Exploring Namibia’s rich uranium reserves

16th May 2014 Having been involved in the Namibian mining industry since the early 2000s, advanced-stage Canadian explorer Forsys Metals says that it continues to see growth potential in the region and describes Namibia as a mining-friendly and politically stable country. “We have a long history with the... 

Mining lab focuses on Namibia

16th May 2014 Namibia is replete with skilled, English-speaking professionals required by the chemicals and mining industries and, as such, is proving to be an invaluable African investment for many companies worldwide, says mining laboratory services provider Tramecon. “We are very excited to see the... 

Diamond mining may threaten Namibia’s coastline

16th May 2014 The Benguela Current Commision (BCC), a multisectoral intergovernmental initiative of Angola, Namibia and South Africa, could play a role in coordinating studies that monitor the impact of mining on the marine environment. The BCC is responsible for coordinating the efforts of Angola, Namibia and... 

Diamond mining may threaten Namibia’s coastline
HASHALI HAMUKUAYA Namibia has placed a moratorium on mining the seabed for phosphates

Mitigating the environmental effects of opencast mining

9th May 2014 Opencast mining operations in South Africa remain one of the industry’s main contributors to short- and long-term environmental damage, as they have a direct and cumulative impact on the air, water, soil and visual quality of the environment surrounding opencast mines, says Johannesburg-based... 

Mitigating the environmental effects of opencast mining
LEON JANSE VAN RENSBURG South Africa’s environmental legislation and sustainable-practice models have made it possible to effectively manage the environmental impact of the country’s opencast mining sector

SA investment in DRC opencast operations

9th May 2014 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is potentially one of the richest mining countries in Africa, based on its vast copper, cobalt and diamond resources, says mining equipment manufacturer VR Steel, which extended its services to the country last year. VR Steel MD John van Reenen tells Mining... 

Century of opencast mining leaves poor legacy

9th May 2014 A historic legacy of gold mining on Gauteng’s West Rand has impacted negatively on the area’s landscape and environment, says South Africa-focused mine tailings extractor Mintails, which has been facilitating mine closures at its goldfields on the West Rand since June 2013. The West Rand mining... 

Century of  opencast mining leaves poor legacy
OUT WITH THE OLD Mintails is restoring old mining land and ecosystems to a condition that is consistent with best available practice, scientific knowledge and financial viability

Careful water management is required at openpit mines, says consultancy

9th May 2014 Independent consulting engineers and scientists, SRK Consulting SA has completed numerous surface water studies for feasibility studies for openpit in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) and tropical areas to the North of the DRC.  One of the main issues around openpit mining in these... 

Careful water management is required at openpit mines, says consultancy

Piping solutions successful in tough African mining environment

2nd May 2014 As water is a scarce and valuable resource, it is essential for mine owners to effectively manage the flow of water throughout an entire mine site, from frontline raw material processing to infrastructure build, community welfare, water storage, water reuse and mine dewatering processes, says... 

Artisanal mining continues to threaten water quality

2nd May 2014 While regulated mines have greatly improved their environmental performance over the years, specifically with regard to water management, the use of liquid mercury in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) continues to pose a serious threat to water quality in certain African regions, says... 

Artisanal mining continues to threaten water quality
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THREATENING WATER QUALITY There are significant environmental problems association with artisanal and small-scale mining

Tailings extractor invests in water treatment technology

2nd May 2014 South Africa-focused tailings extractor Mintails is implementing a long-term, sustainable solution to the prevailing problem of acid mine drainage (AMD) on Johannesburg’s West Rand, said Mintails operations GM Jan Jacobs at a media briefing held last month. Jacobs addressed members of the media... 

Tailings extractor invests in water treatment technology
PRIORITISING PEOPLE Mintails is committed to being a good corporate citizen, working in partnership with the regulatory authorities, environmental nonprofit organisations and civil society

Central basin pumps set to solve AMD issue

2nd May 2014 Displaying government’s resolve to mitigate the challenge of acid mine drainage (AMD) in Gauteng’s Witwatersrand, South Africa’s Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa in March attended the lowering of AMD pumps at the Witwatersrand Central basin, which is said to be one of the... 

Central basin pumps set to solve AMD issue
WATCHING OUR WATER RESOURCES The South African government plans to continually apply regulatory mechanisms for the implementation of long-term mine-water management

Shaft impact course offered

18th April 2014 Aggregate, rock and mineral mine operators and plant managers can gain insight into the physics of processing materials using vertical shaft impact (VSI) crushers during a two-day course at US steel framing and metal lath system manufacturer CEMCO, in Belen, New Mexico. The next two-day course,... 

Shaft impact  course offered
NEIL HISE Hise has been with the family-owned company CEMCO since its inception in 1962 and has patented several VSI-related technologies in the US

Ghana seen as gateway into West Africa

11th April 2014 Compared with the rest of Africa, Ghana’s economy and political environment are relatively stable, which is consequently encouraging the expansion of mining companies and suppliers into the West African country, says electric motors and drives supplier Zest WEG Group. “Zest WEG Group has been... 

Oil specialist strategically servicing mines in Ghana

11th April 2014 Owing to the growth of the mining industry in Ghana, more companies are investing in the resource-rich country, says South African condition monitoring specialist WearCheck, which recently expanded its African footprint into West Africa with the opening of an oil analysis laboratory in Ghana.... 

Ghana shows positive investment climate, attracts $13.5bn

11th April 2014 Ghana’s favourable investment climate has succeeded in attracting some $13.5-billion in mining investment over the last two decades, highlighted Lands and Natural Resources Minister Alhaji Inusah Fuseini at February’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which took place in Cape Town. “Currently,... 

Ghana shows positive investment climate, attracts $13.5bn
GOLDEN GROWTH The production of gold – Ghana’s flagship mineral – increased by 93% from 2.24-million ounces in 2002 to more than 4.3-million ounces in 2012

Resources Minister on Ghana’s Minerals and Mining Act

11th April 2014 Promulgated in 2006, Ghana’s Minerals and Mining Act is aimed at highlighting the country’s mining sector as attractive to investors, while at the same time ensuring that government takes a fair share in revenues that accrue from mining operations, said Ghana Lands and Natural Resources Minister... 

Resources Minister on Ghana’s mining potential

11th April 2014 Ghana has been and will continue to be the preferred mining investment destination in Africa, said Ghana Lands and Natural Resources Minister Alhaji Inusah Fuseini at the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town from February 3 to 6. Fuseini added that Ghana has the type of... 

Going for gold in Ghana

11th April 2014 “The Asanko Gold Mine Project will be Ghana’s newest gold mine, joining the ranks of well established gold producers, such as Newmont, AngloGold Ashanti and Kinross, and has the potential to become one of Ghana’s largest,” says Asanko president and CEO Peter Breese.  The project was formed... 

Setting standards for sugar cane

28th March 2014 To date, 3.66% of the world’s land that farms sugarcane has been certified as sustainable against the standard set by sustainability organisation Bonsucro, which is working at continuing to grow sustainability certification in sugar cane worldwide. “The 3.66% figure might seem like a small... 

Sugar cane poses some environmental threats

28th March 2014 The widespread practice of burning sugar cane prior to harvest is becoming a challenge, particularly in Southern Africa, as it causes air pollution and biomass residue (cane trash), which could otherwise be burned to generate heat and create electricity, says global policy research institute... 

Sugar cane poses some environmental threats
SUSTAINABLE FOOD SOURCE The capacity of sugar cane to grow rapidly has made it the world’s number one energy crop

Mining giant invests significantly in environmental protection

21st March 2014 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol is forced to take drastic measures with regard to environmental protection efforts, especially at its Secunda-based underground coal mining complex, which covers more than 1 1002 km and is one of the largest in the country, says Sasol spokesperson Alex... 

Mining giant invests  significantly in  environmental protection
CLEAN MEANS OF MINING Sasol incorporates dust control technology into its operations to enhance the safety and health of its employees and the quality of the air in the surrounding environment

New legal framework for mine dumps defines ownership

21st March 2014 The amendments and further proposed amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) attempt to clarify the regulation of mine dumps created before the commencement of the MPRDA. The environmental regulation of such dumps that were intended to be reprocessed was... 

Testing services provider prioritises the environment, promotes sustainability

21st March 2014 Inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS has, as part of its endeavour to promote sustainability and environmental protection in the mining industry, been servicing South Africa’s minerals sector by testing water, soil and air samples. The company says test results are... 

GIS software application manages mining’s environmental impact

21st March 2014 In response to mining company’s moral duty to protect the planet’s natural resources and uplift societies in which they operate, environmental and social solutions provider Digby Wells Environmental offers the mining industry a Geographic Information System (GIS) service, which allows for... 

World to face water scarcity by 2050

7th March 2014 The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development estimates that, by 2050, more than 60% of the population in Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa, will live under severe water stress. “Unless powerful measures are taken to boost water productivity, we run the risk of... 

World to face water scarcity by 2050
ANTON EARLE The City of eThekwini is a world leader in promoting innovation in the conservation and reuse of water

Desalination a solution to SA’s growing water demand

7th March 2014 Engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon says that, water, which is a finite resource and is mostly allocated to users, will become significantly more expensive for South Africans, as companies will have to start using water from the ocean to produce drinking... 

Indaba reflects state of SA mining industry

7th March 2014 While the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba 2014 was well managed, it was not as well attended as the 2013 indaba, notes offshore law firm Ogier, adding that most indaba exhibitors were service providers and not major mining companies. “The mood was subdued and there was no sense of deals being... 

Indaba reflects state of SA mining industry
SIMON DINNING Ogier will attend the indaba again, as it is a great opportunity to meet clients

Post-indaba ROI to take place

7th March 2014 While the Investing in African Mining Indaba was a success by most accounts, the popular mining conference’s return on investment (ROI) will be closely monitored over the next few months by supply chain solutions provider Panalpina Panprojects Africa, which says that attending the indaba was an... 

Post-indaba ROI to take place
ARNE FAYD’HERBE Panalpina Panprojects Africa is an international project logistics solutions provider that is regarded as the specialised and dedicated project logistics division of Panalpina World Transport
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