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Implats contractors comment on Numsa’s claims

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2022 Three contractors appointed at Impala Platinum’s mines in Rustenburg, North West, have expressed their views on some of the claims made by National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which is currently carrying out strike action at the mines. The three contractors, Newrak Mining,... 

African diamond sector set for strong growth

17th June 2022 With China being Africa’s, and South Africa’s, most important trading partner, the Asian superpower’s expected economic slowdown in coming years is a cause for concern, unless these economies can find alternative drivers of growth from other emerging markets, says Standard Bank mining head Mark... 

A Bloomberg image of rough diamonds
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MINING GROWTH Standard Bank’s mining team anticipates that the sector will continue showing resilience and growth, remaining financially sound in 2022

Firm revamps pumps to support miners

17th June 2022 Revamping its distributorship base in recent years has given submersible pump specialist Integrated Pump Technology a solid foundation to support customers around sub-Saharan Africa. A key focus has been on mining areas, and the expansion has included new distributors in a number of Southern... 

 	An image of a man fixing a water pump
SMOOTH SUPPLY The company focuses heavily on the mining sector

ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating expenses and receive favourable investor interest and cheaper finance. When it comes to ESG, the... 

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Nedbank mining equity analyst Arnold van Graan.

M&R's Mining platform achieves strong recovery, order book at pre-pandemic levels

By: Schalk Burger     8th June 2022 Engineering and mining contracting firm Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) Mining platform says its order book has recovered to pre-pandemic levels. M&R Mining Platform CEO Mike da Costa adds that the platform has made a strong recovery from the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

A photo of M&R Cementation's work at the New Clydesdale colliery

Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2022 Like all other key industries, mining is having to advance along a net-zero path as part of the global decarbonisation drive. Gone are the days when innovation and financial improvement can be sold on their own without a carbon advantage. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

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Rocsole CEO Mika Tienhaara interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Barminco wins major Cowal contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th June 2022 Gold miner Evolution Mining has awarded ASX-listed mining services provider Perenti a near A$520-million underground mining contract at the Cowal gold mine, in New South Wales. Perenti on Tuesday announced that its subsidiary Barminco had been awarded the new contract, expanding the divisions’... 

Circular economy prompting steel, oil, carbon recovery from end-of-life mine truck tyres  

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2022 Highest and best use of ultra-large end-of-life mine truck tyres is being brought about by a change to the model in which resources are mined, made into products, and then become waste. Just one of these giant tyres can weigh 4.5 t and stand 14 feet tall. Put five of the 63-inch variety into a... 

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Kal Tire’s Dan Allan speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Service provider continues to expand its fleet

By: Halima Frost     3rd June 2022 Demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition has steadily expanded its fleet of equipment to befit projects that facilitate relines and repairs on furnaces and kilns of all types. Furnace demolition projects generally represent a smaller proportion of the company’s scope, as furnace demolition... 

A large yellow Hyundai rock breaking machine used inside a furnace to break down the ceramic inner walls of a furnace
INSIDE JOB Jet Demolition offers solutions to work inside confined spaces such as on furnaces

Hummingbird working to bring second asset into production following 2021 losses

By: Darren Parker     27th May 2022 Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources has reported a diluted loss a share of $2.78c for the financial year ended December 31, 2021, compared with the earnings a share of $5.02c reported for the 2020 financial year. Hummingbird currently has two core gold projects, the producing Yanfolila gold mine, in... 

Yanfolila gold mine in Mali
Yanfolila gold mine in Mali

Alliance promotes citizen-owned firms in fuel

27th May 2022 In a ground-breaking development for the Botswana oil and gas industry, leading diamond producer Debswana and national oil body Botswana Oil have entered a strategic partnership that is aimed at capacitating citizen-owned companies in the fuel supply value chain. Through the agreement, Botswana... 

A large fuel tanker at a filling station in Botswana
FILL 'ER UP The partnership between Debswana and Botswana Oil will capacitate citizen-owned companies in the fuel supply value chain

Botswana’s only gold mine changes hands

27th May 2022 Gold ore mining company Galane Gold announced earlier this month that it had completed the sale of its Mupane gold mine in Botswana to majority citizen-owned company Hawks Mining Company. Mupane gold mine, located about 30 km southeast of Francistown city, is the only gold mine currently in... 

A top view of the Mupane gold mine which is being sold by Galane Gold to the majority citizen-owned company Hawks Mining Company
GOLDEN EGG Mupane gold mine is being sold by Galane Gold to the majority citizen-owned company Hawks Mining Company

JV stalls, but still on offer

27th May 2022 Diamond exploration company Botswana Diamonds (BOD) announced earlier this month that, despite intensive advanced and ongoing discussions with interested parties, the board has been unable to secure a new joint venture (JV) partner to acquire the Ghaghoo mine, in Botswana before the extended... 

A mine vehicle moving into the mouth of the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana which is up on offer by Gem Diamonds
GOING GOING GHAGHOO Botswana Diamonds continues ts discussions with potential JV partners to acquire the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead   

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Pre-owned equipment demand spikes

By: Nadine Ramdass     6th May 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic, and its related impacts, has caused severe delays for mining companies procuring new opencast mining machinery. As a result, mines and related contractors have turned to purchasing pre-owned equipment. Since the beginning of the pandemic, mining contractors have experienced... 

An image of EarthCon Equipment's CAT 769D
BRIDGING THE GAP Mines have turned to pre-owned machinery as pandemic-related impacts delay new machinery procuremen

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

Company showcases capabilities on flagship project

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd April 2022 Mining services provider United Mining Services (UMS) Group is involved in a twin shaft sinking, equipping and infrastructure project for the Karowe diamond mine in Botswana. Owned by Lucara Diamond Corp, Karowe mine is one of the world’s leading producers of large, high-quality Type IIA... 

 Image of a shaft infrastructure project site
SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENTS UMS has provided early study input and has taken this twin shaft sinking, equipping and infrastructure project to implementation phase

President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak on Tuesday, May 10, signals the continued importance of mining to the South African economy as a... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Investor announces sell down of equity position

15th April 2022 Investment adviser Appian in February announced a strategic sell-down of its equity position to global rare earths company Shenghe Resources. At the time, Appian noted it had substantially exited its position in ASX-listed Peak Rare Earths, generating strong risk adjusted returns for its investors. 

A group of men stood at a sign which says Peak Rare Earths at Ngualla rare earths project in Tanzanid
AT THE PEAK Tanzania's Ngualla rare earths project owned by Peak Rare Earths shows great promise

Oxide mill expansion successfully ramped up

15th April 2022 Gold producer Tanzanian Gold Corporation, referred to as TanGold, announced in February that the first phase of the oxide mill expansion of 360 t/d at the Buckreef Gold project is now fully commissioned, and production has successfully ramped up to design capacity. TanGold also cited its... 

Large steel tanks with a man on site at the Buckreef oxide mill expansion project
TANK TOP The new the steel carbon-in-leach tanks were locally constructed for the Buckreef oxide mill expansion

Firm looks to support mining entrants

8th April 2022 West Africa is now attracting attention for battery minerals mining with a renewed interest likely to draw in explorers and miners of various sizes and capabilities, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting Ghana country manager and principal resource geologist Ivan Doku. He adds... 

Training provider opening centre in Ghana 

By: Halima Frost     8th April 2022 Specialist mining training provider Prisma Training Solutions is finalising its applications to open a formal training centre in Accra, Ghana together with a local partner. Prisma offers customised and sustainable education, training and organisational development solutions to the African mining... 

A picture fo Prisma Training MD Jacques Farmer Looking out onto an Open cast mine wearing PPE
Prisma Training Solutions MD Jacques Farmer discusses its plans to offer training and upskilling services to the West Africa mining sector. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Nominations for the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining open

By: Nadine James     8th March 2022 Industry organisation Women in Mining (WIM) UK on March 8 announced that the nominations for the fifth edition of its 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining (WIM100) would open from 10:00 GMT. “We thank our confirmed sponsors, BMO Capital Markets, Heidrick & Struggles and BCG, for their... 

An image of five women miners standing underground at the Royal Bafokeng Platinum North shaft
WIM100 WOMEN? Nominees should be trailblazers, who persevere in the face of adversity and who advocate for and empower others.

Kimberlite research could help reverse emissions

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 Global diamond corporation Alrosa Group is working with Russia’s leading research centres to study the carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption capabilities of kimberlite to determine whether it could eventually be used to completely offset the company’s greenhouse-gas emissions. The results from the... 

A pile of kimberlite stones which are the general ore from which diamonds are mined
ABSORBING RESEARCH Alrosa's Research has shown that kimberlite ore absorbs emissions when subject to standard mining operations which use water in the processes

Mine transitions to owner-operator mining

4th March 2022 Gold miner Centamin’s underground operations at its Sukari gold mine in Egypt have shifted away from being mined by contractors to an owner-operated mine, owing to an independently managed contractor tender process. This change comes after the end of the five-year contract at the mine and is... 

An image gold fines made to resemble the shape of the African continent
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SETTING THE GOLD STANDARD Centamin’s flagship asset, the Sukari gold mine, is Egypt’s largest and first modern gold mine

Aveng narrows offshore listing focus to Australia and Singapore 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2022 JSE-listed infrastructure and contract mining group Aveng has reaffirmed its plans to seek an international listing and also confirmed on Tuesday that it had narrowed its offshore listing focuses to bourses in Singapore and Australia. CEO Sean Flanagan justified the group’s foreign listing... 

Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan

Directors face potential liability for climate change risks – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Directors face potential liability if they fail to carry out their fiduciary duties to curb climate change risks and do not make complete disclosures about climate-related risks, Webber Wentzel partner Merlita Kennedy and associate Tobia Serongoane stated on Tuesday. In a release to Mining... 

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Webber Wentzel associate Tobia Serongoane (left) and partner Merlita Kennedy.

Underperforming asset overshadows progress for Hummingbird

By: Darren Parker     31st January 2022 Progress in the development of Aim-listed gold mining company Hummingbird Resources’ assets in Guinea and Liberia was “overshadowed” by the underperformance of its flagship Yanfolila gold mine, in Mali, the company said in its 2021 fourth quarter operational update issued on January 31. The... 

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Yanfolila underperformed in the fourth quarter of 2021

Stanmore awards mining services contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th January 2022 Coal miner Stanmore Coal has awarded a A$564-million mining contract at its Isaac Downs mine, in Queensland. The five-year opencut mining services contract was awarded to EPSA Pacific, marking a major milestone in moving the mine to full production, following the e completion of all regulatory... 

African Copperbelt a good mining destination – consultants

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 The Central Africa Copperbelt is the obvious choice for miners looking to expand their copper portfolios, with the region being known for “world-class” deposits, says mining consultants The MSA Group. “Mining companies looking for a foothold in the region always focus on two things – prospective... 

Chrysocolla and malachite exposures on a rock face in Zambia both are copper ores
N PLAIN SIGHT Chrysocolla and malachite are so prevalent in the Central Africa Copperbelt it can be seen above ground in rock formations

Diamond producer reaps rewards of modernisation

By: Halima Frost     29th October 2021 v Russia-based diamond miner Alrosa’s significant investment in modernising and automating its manufacturing processes is aimed at improving operational performance and decreasing costs. 

A large yellow mine load dump haul truck entering a mine being directed by a miner at the Russian diamond producer Alrosa operations
BIG MOVER The modernisation drive being undertaken by Alrosa Diamonds across its operations is improving its efficiencies already

Work advances at Warrawoona

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th September 2021 Gold developer Calidus Resources has finalised a A$210-million mining contract with contractor Macmahon for the Warrawoona gold project, in Western Australia. The contract involves the development of a new opencut mine, with Macmahon to undertake all opencut mining activities until December... 

Supplier keeps up with tech revolution

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Based on its BlueTechnology philosophy, metallurgical industry supplier SMS group has significantly broadened its expertise in processing, supplies and services for nonferrous metals production over the past year to meet the highest requirements of customers. “BlueTechnology in nonferrous metals... 

Three BlueSmelters supplied by SMS group in operation at Aurus automobile company in Russia for recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment
BLUE GROUP SMS group has implemented its range of BlueTechnology offerings at a greenfield plant in Russia for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment

M&R on ‘cusp of a multiyear period of strong earnings growth’ 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2021 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) says it is “on the cusp of a multiyear period of strong earnings growth”, a claim underpinned by an order book that has grown to an all-time high of R60.7-billion, from R54.2-billion in 2020, as well as a strong project pipeline. The... 

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M&R CEO Henry Laas

Aveng says growth platform in place as it reports first positive earnings since 2014 

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2021 Infrastructure and contract mining group Aveng reported headline earnings of R751-million for the year to June 30, 2021, the company’s first positive headline earnings performance since June 2014. The JSE-listed group, which has undergone far-reaching restructuring since 2017, has two remaining... 

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Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan

Machine learning reaches mineral prospecting

By: Halima Frost     27th August 2021 The partnership between mining consulting services provider The MSA Group and Canadian mining software developer Koan Analytics has resulted in machine learning being available to minerals explorers in South Africa and throughout the world. “The partnership offers access to the most advanced... 

A map of ore deposits in a x-ray type image Ontario Canada for MSA Group and Koan
MINERAL MAP Clients will be able to use machine learning technology to map mineral resources across the globe
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