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Simon Sonnekus

Simon Sonnekus

Simon Sonnekus is a Creamer Media Reporter for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Producer has positive platinum outlook

19th August 2016 Platinum-group metals (PGMs) remain a positive investment, as there is improved sentiment in the platinum market, and platinum exchange-traded fund (ETF) prices remained stable in the first half of 2016, states PGMs mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). The company held its interim... 

Tyre management project yields positive results for producer

19th August 2016 A tyre management project under way at Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Mogalakwena platinum mine, in the Waterberg district of Limpopo, aims to increase hauling days without tyre failures to improve the operation’s productivity and safety, as well as facilitate financial savings by make... 

Cooperation needed to save PGMs industry

19th August 2016 Owing to the lower overall platinum group metals (PGMs) price, platinum producers have started to review opportunities to work together through joint ventures.  

Incremental mine development key for gold sector

24th June 2016 In the face of global capital constraints, gold mining companies have been forced to look into alternative options for the development of mines. The gold mining industry is known traditionally for larger-sized operations that require the establishment of a large reserve base as well as large... 

Gold recovery expert working with government to uplift staff

24th June 2016 Local mining and raw material processing firm Ncamiso Mining is currently working closely with the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to train and develop staff through short courses based on the goals of both the company and its employees.  Ncamiso MD Fikile Mashinini says the continued... 

Higher gold price ensures stable South African sector

24th June 2016 The record high gold price has proven to be a stroke of luck for South African companies functioning within the global gold sector. According to professional services firm KPMG gold commodity lead and partner Daniel Hooijer, the R600 000/kg price has lessened the blow of the low dollar gold price. 

Vacuum solutions provider assists diamond industry

3rd June 2016 Heavy-duty industrial vacuum systems designer, manufacturer and supplier Hencon Vacuum Technologies is testing an automated, remote-controlled dual-vacuum unit at diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine, in Gauteng, which is expected to reduce theft. The Honeydew-based company is conducting... 

Venetia takes safe approach to building major underground operation

3rd June 2016 Anticipating and prioritising the additional challenges and potential hazards of implementing underground mining operations at the Venetia diamond mine requires putting the necessary enablers and precautions in place over the next few years. “It is a massive operation in logistics and cooperation... 

Emphasis on opportunities in harsh business climate

29th April 2016 The West African Mining & Power Exhibition (Wampex) 2016 will showcase the opportunities that still exist in the challenging African market, says events company and organiser dmg-ems Africa VP Christine Davidson. The biennial event, which has been running for 22 years, will return to the Accra... 

West Africa fraught with challenges in tough mining times

29th April 2016 While political instability, corruption and the global commodities price crunch have had adverse effects on the West African mining sector, other factors such as a lack of infrastructure, power shortages and inconsistency and a lack of transparency in terms of regulatory policy, as well as... 

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