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Donna Slater

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High Court ruling underscores requirement for mining right applicants to consult community

18th September 2020 A recent High Court ruling underscores the more stringent requirements in recent amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) for mining right applicants to consult with community members​, says law firm Webber Wentzel. The firm points out that, on September 11, the... 

Sibanye Gold exercises option on $450m convertible bonds

18th September 2020 Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sibanye Gold on September 18 exercised its option on its $450-million, 1.875 per cent convertible bonds due 2023 in line with the terms and conditions to redeem all outstanding bonds on October 19 at their principal amount. This... 

WEF White Paper highlights human rights fragility in DRC's artisanal mining sector

17th September 2020 Human rights abuses associated with artisanal cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are highlighted in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) 'Making Mining Safe and Fair: Artisanal cobalt extraction in the DRC' White Paper, published in September. Amnesty International business,... 

Impact says illicit trade of DRC artisanal gold significant

17th September 2020 Vulnerable community representative organisation Impact’s newest report, 'The Intermediaries: Traders Who Threaten the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Efforts for Conflict-Free Gold', reveals that the country's illicit gold trade is thriving despite efforts to clean up the sector.

The report... 

Project launched to bolster Botswana's geoscience data

16th September 2020 Full tensor gravity gradiometry (FTG) data company Bell Geospace and the Botswana Geoscience Institute (BGI) have launched the Mineral Prospectivity Mapping project at the virtual Africa Mining Summit 2020, held on September 15 and 16. The project promotes access to integrated quality geoscience... 

Mkango's Malawi exploration unearths interesting grades of rutile

15th September 2020 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Malawi-focused rare earth element explorer Mkango Resources reports that the reconnaissance shallow soil sampling and auger programme at its Mchinji licence area has returned interesting grades of rutile plus anatase. The results demonstrate the presence of... 

Emmerson’s Khemisset potash project a step closer to construction

15th September 2020 Morocco-focused potash development company Emmerson’s 100%-owned Khemisset potash project in Northern Morocco is a step closer to construction with a detailed risk analysis having been completed to identify the areas that need further work to mitigate the risks and prepare the project for funding... 

In-house-developed idler increases mine throughput, product longevity

11th September 2020 The development of a South African-made conveyor belt idler has resulted in diversified miner Exxaro Resources increasing throughput at its Grootegeluk mine through one of its conveyor load points from 800 t/d to 3 000 t/d, says conveyor products manufacturer Brelko US and Africa manager Brent... 

Stanfra Trading launches first South African-made 100 mm quarter-turn segmented ball valve

11th September 2020 Launched on September 10 during the Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect virtual event, machining manufacturer Stanfra Trading showcased its new fully South African 100 mm quarter-turn ball valve. Stanfra Trading CEO Francois Marais states that this type of valve is the first to be produced in... 

Locally produced hot water innovation reduces household energy costs

11th September 2020 Using heat pump systems manufacturer EMS Holdings’ domestic 200 ℓ integrated heat pump system can save households between 60% and 70% of their monthly electricity costs as it uses home-grown efficient technology. EMS Holdings CEO Franco Diedericks, speaking during this year's Electra Mining... 

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