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Mia Breytenbach

Mia Breytenbach

Mia Breytenbach is Deputy Editor: Features for Mining Weekly.

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By Mia Breytenbach

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY
Caledonia Mining’s plan to extend the depth of the Central shaft by 250 m to 1 330 m will create an additional two levels, which will increase mining flexibility

Expansion at Zim’s Blanket gold mine to increase production by 45% to 80 000 oz/y in next three years

4th May 2018

Mining, exploration and development company Caledonia Mining believes that its Blanket gold mine in Zimbabwe will achieve continued record production in future, owing to the company’s drive for... 


‘Toolbox’ helps Harmony Gold improve environmental management

27th April 2018

JSE-listed Harmony Gold Mining (Harmony) has improved its environmental management through the implementation of a system that centralises the company’s environmental data. The system, named... 


MINING POTENTIAL
Lucapa made its first diamond recoveries from Mothae last month, with the largest of the about two dozen diamonds recovered in the first test run being 6.6 ct

First phase of Lesotho diamond mine project poised for commercial production in second half of 2018

20th April 2018

Angola- and Lesotho-focused diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company believes that once the Mothae diamond mine, in Lesotho, enters into full production, the operation, paired with the company’s Lulo... 


INCREASING AWARENESS
Mining companies recognise the need to improve their processes to increase productivity and output and, ultimately, realise a healthier bottom line

Software, digitalisation to enhance mining productivity, efficiency

13th April 2018

Amid the recent economic downturn, with the global mining industry having to deal with volatile commodity prices, as well as the increasing need to improve operational efficiencies and address... 


VAULT HOLDINGS
Data available for end of November 2017 reveals that there is 7 841 t of gold, valued at $322.7-billion, equating to approximately 627 319 gold bars

Bullion association punting responsible sourcing as a ‘must have’

23rd March 2018

The London Bullion Market Association, the world’s authority for precious metals, together with its 150 members based in more than 30 countries and encompassing every part of the journey in... 


DIGITALISATION EMPHASIS
The OptiMine information management systems are suitable for surface and underground mining applications

Digitalisation, automation to increase across Africa

16th March 2018

Digitalisation and automation in the mining industry have become a reality, says mining and equipment services provider Sandvik Southern Africa sales VP Simon Andrews, who tells Mining Weekly that... 


DIGGING IT
Through the Digger app mining professionals are informed of available positions globally, directly on their mobile devices

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed

6th March 2018

To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment... 


Nigerian mining’s GDP contribution seen increasing sixfold to 3%, cautious optimism takes hold in South Africa

Nigerian mining’s GDP contribution seen increasing sixfold to 3%, cautious optimism takes hold in South Africa

23rd February 2018

With investors continuously scouring for new opportunities worldwide and countries scrutinised for their investment attractiveness and moni- tored in terms of economic growth, new light has been... 


ACCURATE MEASUREMENT The RhoVol has a process rate of approximately 1 000 particles an hour, which is generally sufficient for a representative sample

De Beers unit’s density measurement system now commercially available

23rd February 2018

De Beers Group of Companies’ innovation division De Beers Technologies South Africa (DebTech SA) has developed a novel density measurement system that can provide process plants with fast and... 


PICKING UP
Nigeria is looking to learn from South Africa and other developed mining destinations as it develops its own mining sector

Nigerian mining’s GDP contribution seen increasing sixfold to 3%, cautious optimism takes hold in SA

23rd February 2018

With investors continuously scouring worldwide for new opportunities and countries scrutinised for their investment attractiveness and monitored in terms of economic growth, currently, new light... 


HULME SCHOLES For the first time . . . we will see the trust deficit between the mining industry and department close

There is new energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes

16th February 2018

There appears to be new political resolve to mend the relationship between the mining industry and the Department of Mineral Resources, says specialised law firm Malan Scholes director Hulme... 


Botswana Diamonds MD James Campbell

Botswana Diamonds starts exploration work at Botswana JV, maintains exploration optimism

13th February 2018

Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has started exploration work on the Sunland Minerals joint venture (JV), which it shares with Russian diamond producer Alrosa, in Botswana. The objective of the... 


ENERGY HUB
Genex Power is implementing a solar farm and pumped hydro energy storage scheme at the defunct Kidston gold mine in Queensland, Australia

Abandoned mines punted as potential pumped-storage scheme sites

9th February 2018

Several abandoned mine sites in South Africa and Australia could be sustainably used, particularly in terms of serving as pumped hydro-energy storage sites, says renewable-energy generation and... 


FORTUNE MOJAPELO
There is a unique window of opportunity for the company to position itself as a large, vertically integrated and low-cost vanadium platform

Bushveld to focus on growth at vanadium, coal assets this year

9th February 2018

Following the achievement of significant development milestones during 2017, integrated vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals will focus on enhancing growth at its vanadium and coal assets this year.... 


Orion to target BFS completion for Prieska project by October

8th February 2018

Following the release of the maiden mineral resource for Orion Minerals’ Prieska zinc/copper project, in the Northern Cape, the company will target the completion of a bankable feasibility study... 


Master Drilling unveils novel mobile tunnel boring system at Indaba

6th February 2018

JSE-listed Master Drilling has launched its new South African-developed mobile tunnel boring system, which is suitable for the excavation of various types of tunnels. Master Drilling executive... 


Randgold Resources CE calls for gold industry to focus on assets

6th February 2018

Although the gold mining industry has largely weathered the post supercycle storm and is no longer in survival mode, the industry still remains in a kind of limbo, says Randgold Resources CE Mark... 


Randgold CEO Mark Bristow

Randgold Resources achieves record production, reduces cost in high-performance year

5th February 2018

Randgold Resources has, for the seventh consecutive year, increased its gold production, boosting output by 5% year-on-year to 1.32-million ounces and exceeding the guidance for 2017. The miner has... 


Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter

CoM sees resurgence in hope, green shoots in South African mining industry

5th February 2018

There is new sense of hope in the mining industry and in South Africa, says Chamber of Mines (CoM) CEO Roger Baxter. “It gives us a new confidence that a resurgence is taking place in the industry... 


Streaming, royalty agreements novel alternative funding structures for coal juniors

2nd February 2018

Streaming and royalty agreements are novel financing structures that are useful in medium-risk environments, says legal services provider Strata Legal director Brandon Irsigler. Speaking at the IHS... 


Southern African countries, Botswana to play larger role in coal export market

2nd February 2018

Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique are beginning to play a much bigger role in the Southern African domestic and export coal market, says Botswana Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy... 


CONSTRUCTION COMPLEMENT
Savannah Resources completed the construction of the pilot plant for its bulk metallurgical test work programme at Mutamba in December

Savannah submits mining lease applications for Moz sands project

2nd February 2018

Resource development company Savannah Resources has submitted three mining lease applications to Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy for mining leases for the Mutamba heavy... 


ALLURING POTENTIAL
African Battery Metals will continue to advance the Ferensola gold project in Sierra Leone

Explorer changes name as it targets production of cobalt, other battery metals in DRC

2nd February 2018

Multicommodity exploration and development company Sula Iron & Gold, which has changed its name to African Battery Metals (ABM), will now focus on developing its cobalt exploration licences in the... 


DOLLAR GAIN
The highlights for gold in 2017 include the yellow metal gaining 12.5% intra-year in dollar terms, supported largely by geopolitical risk

Gold expected to peak at $1 500/oz this year – Thomson Reuters

2nd February 2018

Gold prices are expected to average $1 360/oz and hit a 2018 peak of more than $1 500/oz later this year, according to research firm Thomson Reuters GFMS, which published its fourth-quarter Gold... 


MEETING REQUIREMENTS
The York YD dual centrifugal chiller with its cooling capability meets the needs of the surface air cooling plant design at Subika

Johnson Controls’ dual centrifugal chiller selected for cooling system at Ghana gold mine

2nd February 2018

Engineering consultancy Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) has selected diversified technology provider Johnson Controls’ York YD dual centrifugal chiller to meet the cooling requirements for gold and... 


Malan Scholes director Hulme Scholes

New energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes

1st February 2018

There appears to be new political resolve to mend the relationship between the mining industry and the Department of Mineral Resources, says specialised law firm Malan Scholes director Hulme... 


Eskom sees opportunity for emerging coal miners to improve utility’s security of supply, logistics

1st February 2018

State-owned power utility Eskom’s demand for about 750-million tonnes of coal between now and about 2040, has seen the utility identify opportunities arising for emerging coal miners in respect of... 


PROJECT MILESTONE
Hummingbird Resources having started gold production at Yanfolila gold mine on time and within budget last month

Mali’s Yanfolila mine pours first gold, ramping up to commercial production

26th January 2018

With West African gold producer Hummingbird Resources having started gold production at its Mali-based Yanfolila gold mine on time and within budget last month, the gold producer remains on track... 


MINING ILLUMINATED
Illumination from the Generac VTevo lighting towers is provided by four 290 W floodlights instead of conventional lamps

Liviero Mining buys mobile lighting system fleet to light up opencast operations

26th January 2018

In addition to marketing its specialist range of crushing and screening products, crushing and screening specialist Pilot Crushtec International has made significant strides in the marketing of its... 


KEY FOCUS
The Abujar project has a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee- compliant mineral resource estimate of 10.4-million tonnes at 2.1 g/t gold for 703 600 oz gold

West African gold explorer lists in Australia

26th January 2018

West African gold developer and explorer Tietto Minerals started trading on the Australian Stock Exchange earlier this month, following its successful initial public offer (IPO) that raised... 


Acacia’s gold production slumps on Tanzania export ban, downscaling

26th January 2018

While gold miner Acacia Mining’s gold production for the fourth quarter in 2017 was slightly ahead of expectations at 148 477 oz, it was 30% lower quarter-on-quarter as a result of its flagship... 


Gold expected to peak at $1 500/oz this year – Thomson Reuters

Gold expected to peak at $1 500/oz this year – Thomson Reuters

25th January 2018

Gold prices are expected to average $1 360/oz and hit a 2018 peak of more than $1 500/oz later this year, according to research firm Thomson Reuters GFMS, which published its fourth-quarter Gold... 


Oyu Tolgoi reaches milestone with shaft completion, maintains force majeure

23rd January 2018

Rio Tinto subsidiary Turquoise Hill said that Oyu Tolgoi, a copper and gold mine in the southern Gobi desert, in Mongolia, has marked an early development milestone at the Hugo North Lift 1, with... 


Banro starts court-approved sales, investment solicitation process

23rd January 2018

Following the start of restructuring proceedings last month, Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) focused miner Banro Corporation and its Barbados subsidiaries have initiated a sale and investment... 


Sula to pursue DRC cobalt opportunities as it changes name to African Battery Metals

19th January 2018

Multicommodity exploration and development company Sula Iron & Gold, which has changed its name to African Battery Metals (ABM), will now focus on developing its cobalt exploration licences in the... 


Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over South Africa amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over South Africa amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

19th January 2018

The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals... 


Solar energy body launches five-point plan for industrialisation, job creation and growth

19th January 2018

The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has announced a “bold” five-point plan for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry to drive industrialisation, create jobs, and contribute... 


DR JOHN BRISTOW
South Africa’s geological and minerals jewel box remains underexplored

Up to ten midtier mineral deposits can still be discovered in South Africa – resources consultant

19th January 2018

There is no reason why South Africa cannot build an exploration and junior mining sector, says resources consultant Dr John Bristow, who notes that while the country has vestiges of this sector, it... 


PROJECT PROGRESS
All the pipes required for the project have been delivered and more than 4 500 m of piping have been installed to date

Nkomati mine tailings pipeline project set for completion next month

19th January 2018

Multidisciplinary engineering services provider TDS Projects Construction, in partnership with Robor Pipe Systems, has started construction of 13-km-long tailings pipeline for the Nkomati nickel... 


GOOD TIMING
Tanga Resources believes that Joumbira is a highly prospective, advanced project, in a world-class mining jurisdiction, with good timing for shareholder exposure to zinc

Australian junior to acquire Namibia zinc project

19th January 2018

ASX-listed Tanga Resources will acquire the high-grade Joumbira zinc project, in Namibia, and raise A$1.16-million to fund the transaction and start planned work programmes. The company entered... 


CONTRIBUTION OF NOTE
The Brazilian mining industry contributes about 4% to the national gross domestic product with the value of mineral production amounting to about $24-billion

Envoy urges SA, Brazil to share ideas on improving mining

19th January 2018

With the mining sector having played a significant role in the history and development of South Africa and Brazil, it is “natural and appropriate” that the two countries come together to discuss... 


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