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Copper in Central Africa

Fibre solution aids communication

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 Multinational network operator Paratus Zambia is rolling out its fibre and microwave links to cover the Copperbelt mining area and is extending coverage to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Paratus Zambia country manager Marius van Vuuren tells Mining Weekly that the... 

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

Company boasts substantial supply increase

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 The  average monthly turnover and tonnage throughput of Zambia-based steel product supplier Afrope Zambia has increased sixfold since its acquisition by South African logistics and trading company Inter Trade Africa in 2019. The company has expanded its product offering to the mining consumables... 

A man welding a steel mes screen used in the copper mines as a support underground, at the Afrope manufacturing plant in Zambia
STEELY SPARKS The amount of steel used in products used in mine support systems such as screen mesh Central Africa Copperbelt has increase exponentially

Transport group eyes Copperbelt

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 Specialist logistics group Unitrans Africa plans to use its copper handling success, in Botswana, as a launchpad to enter into mining operations in the Copperbelt of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. “Our recent success in on-mine copper materials handling and pit development, paired... 

A large yellow mining machine with EV capability used to load ore onto Unitrans road trains
POWER PUSH The use of electric power vehicles in the mining sector is being successfully pushed further up into the Central African region by Unitrans

Rising demand for separation compound 

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 Since the partnership between global chemicals producer 2M Holdings and speciality materials company Celanese, established in 2014, demand for its methyl isobutyl carbinol (MIBC) compound, used to separate copper from ore, has grown substantially in the Central Africa region. 2M Holdings South... 

Large plastic containers of methyl isobutyl carbinol (MIBC) compound which is used in the separation or flotation of ores on the African Copperbelt
2M Holdings South Africa MD Denzyl O’Donoghue discusses the use of MIBC as an effective flotation agent in the separation of copper

Company services Zambian smelters remotely, eyes expansion

By: Cameron Mackay     19th January 2021 Local foundry company Thos Begbie opened a workshop in Solwezi, Zambia, in March last year to supply and service copper smelters in the region more efficiently; however, the impact of Covid-19 has forced the company to close its workshop indefinitely. “There has been a drastic decrease in... 

ALEX NHLAPO
As the demand for copper increases, pressure is placed on the smelters and refineries to increase their production output
ALEX NHLAPO As the demand for copper increases, pressure is placed on the smelters and refineries to increase their production output

Manufacturing, lockdowns can mean more exports from Copperbelt

By: Cameron Mackay     4th December 2020 The Chinese manufacturing sector has recovered quickly from the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic which, complemented by a shortfall in raw materials in the country, has resulted in high demand for copper in China. Consequently, the lockdowns in South American countries and the challenges... 

OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Lockdowns in copper mining South American countries has created an opportunity for miners in the African Copperbelt to export more copper to countries like China
Photo by Bloomberg
OPEN FOR BUSINESS Lockdowns in copper mining South American countries has created an opportunity for miners in the African Copperbelt to export more copper to countries like China

Gammatec

4th December 2020 Gammatec NDT Supplies specialises in manufacturing, marketing, sales and support for the non-destructive testing (NDT) industry.  Headquartered in Vereeniging, South Africa, Gammatec is the proud distributor of Handheld Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (HH LIBS) devices from US-based... 

Gammatec

Non Ferrous Metal Works

4th December 2020 Non Ferrous Metal Works (NFM) Group is one of the leading non-ferrous metallurgical manufacturers and suppliers in Southern Africa. Established in 1947, NFM is a family-owned business employing over 300 people. With its head office and production facilities situated south of Durban and sales... 

Non Ferrous Metal Works

XRT sorting can be adapted for Copperbelt mining

By: Cameron Mackay     4th December 2020 Ore-processing equipment supplier TOMRA Sorting Mining’s experience in copper ore sorting globally came to the fore with its X-ray transmission (XRT) technology, with which the company has attained “ideal” results in the recovery of material and waste removal. TOMRA Sorting Mining area sales... 

CHRISTIAN KORSTEN
Test results have shown that senor-based ore sorters in copper mining can work as a pre-concentration, and remove a significant mass of waste material
CHRISTIAN KORSTEN Test results have shown that senor-based ore sorters in copper mining can work as a pre-concentration, and remove a significant mass of waste material

Company involved in plant construction for DRC mine

By: Cameron Mackay     4th December 2020 Local consulting firm Metallurgical Engineering Technology and Construction (METC) was approached in 2017 to provide detailed engineering and equipment supply for the Mutoshi copper mine, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). METC director Steve Cathey states that the main objective was... 

STEVE CATHEY 
We aim to become the go-to engineering team to solve the challenges around transitional ores that many copper producing mining houses are currently facing
STEVE CATHEY We aim to become the go-to engineering team to solve the challenges around transitional ores that many copper producing mining houses are currently facing

Wobbler Technology Vs. Drip Irrigation

6th December 2019 Heap leach depths have increased from 15 m of ore depth to 150 m since the turn of the century. Higher closure and reclamation costs, as well as a need to decrease the impact on agricultural land, has forced mine managers to increase ore depths to work around limited surface areas and make mining... 

Wobbler Technology Vs. Drip Irrigation

Recent developments bode well for copper, copper alloys

By: Mamaili Mamaila     6th December 2019 Several developments are making copper and copper alloys increasingly important, says metallurgical industry plant and integrated systems provider SMS group. 

MORE THAN JUST A METAL
Copper is more than just a mined metal – it not only provides jobs but also promotes a higher standard of living
MORE THAN JUST A METAL Copper is more than just a mined metal – it not only provides jobs but also promotes a higher standard of living

Copperbelt outlook promising despite challenges

By: Mamaili Mamaila     6th December 2019 The Central African Copperbelt offers some of the most attractive deposits worldwide, says diversified resources producer Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) CEO Benedikt Sobotka, adding that most investors are bullish on copper’s long-term fundamentals.  

STRENGTH TO STRENGTH 
Eurasian Resources Group foresees persistent strong growth, underpinned by global population increases, urbanisation and rising living standards
STRENGTH TO STRENGTH Eurasian Resources Group foresees persistent strong growth, underpinned by global population increases, urbanisation and rising living standards

ERG committed to the Copperbelt

By: Mamaili Mamaila     6th December 2019 Diversified natural resources producer Eurasian Resources Group’s (ERG’s) copper and cobalt activities are located in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia, with ERG CEO Benedikt Sobotka noting that Metalkol RTR and Frontier Mine are the company’s operational and copper-producing assets. 

PROMISING OUTLOOK 
Upon completion of a second phase of development, Metalkol RTR will produce 105 000 t/y of copper and 20 000 t/y of cobalt
PROMISING OUTLOOK Upon completion of a second phase of development, Metalkol RTR will produce 105 000 t/y of copper and 20 000 t/y of cobalt

Bright future for copper – consultancy

By: Mamaili Mamaila     6th December 2019 The copper sector’s current buoyancy can be attributed to improved prices and substantial demand from industrialised nations, such as China, says civil and structural engineering firm ADA Consulting Engineers director Paul Maitre. 

LARGE FACILITY 
In the DRC, ADA Consulting is involved in the building of a large facility on the road towards Kinsevere mine, for a mining equipment supplier operating in the copper mining sector
LARGE FACILITY In the DRC, ADA Consulting is involved in the building of a large facility on the road towards Kinsevere mine, for a mining equipment supplier operating in the copper mining sector

Kansanshi benefits from longer wear life

By: Mamaili Mamaila     6th December 2019 Kansanshi mine, located near Solwezi in Zambia.has significantly reduced costs and improved productivity by applying solutions provider Weir Minerals’ Linatex premium rubber lining solutions. The mine site's remoteness meant that transporting parts and replacement material to site was time... 

RUBBER LINING 
Weir Minerals Africa also does rubber lining at the factory based in Alrode
RUBBER LINING Weir Minerals Africa also does rubber lining at the factory based in Alrode

Keeping abreast of trends and technologies crucial

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th December 2018 With the annual Caminex trade expo being the only mining, agricultural and industrial trade expo that takes place in the Copperbelt – in Kitwe, Zambia – event co-organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery mining and industrial portfolio director Charlene Hefer says the event offers visitors the... 

EXPO EXHIBITORS
This year, the show hosted more than 140 commercial and international exhibitors
EXPO EXHIBITORS This year, the show hosted more than 140 commercial and international exhibitors

Tax and royalty issues hindering opportunities in Copperbelt

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th December 2018 Increasing mining taxes and royalties in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are creating a climate of uncertainty, international metals and minerals researcher Roskill copper associate consultant Jonathan Barnes tells Mining Weekly. “Copper demand globally generally increases... 

MINING DUTIES
Zambia will introduce new mining duties and increase royalties as the country aims to reduce its budget deficit
Photo by Bloomberg
MINING DUTIES Zambia will introduce new mining duties and increase royalties as the country aims to reduce its budget deficit

Axis House develops new product for electrowinning

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th December 2018 Chemical reagents supplier and distributor Axis House has developed the ALC9, a new type of smoothing agent that can provide smoother cathodes than any other product, even at densities of 450 A/m2. Expected to run at industrial level early next year, the new product will be used in the... 

LABORATORY TESTED
The new smoothing agent has been extensively tested on laboratory scale and has shown positive results in all aspects of the electrowinning process
LABORATORY TESTED The new smoothing agent has been extensively tested on laboratory scale and has shown positive results in all aspects of the electrowinning process

Supplier expands Cavex hydrocyclone footprint across Copperbelt

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th December 2018 Mining equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa is expanding its Cavex hydrocyclones footprint across Africa with its two most recent orders of hydrocyclones to be installed in the Central African Copperbelt next year, says Weir Minerals Africa hydrocyclones product manager Sheldon Gabriel. Weir... 

GLOBAL REACH 
There is a large installed base of Cavex hydrocyclones in copper applications across the globe
GLOBAL REACH There is a large installed base of Cavex hydrocyclones in copper applications across the globe

ERG’s Metalkol Roan Tailings Reclamation project Phase I nearing completion

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th December 2018 Phase I of diversified miner Eurasian Resources Group’s (ERG’s) Metalkol Roan Tailings Reclamation (RTR) copper and cobalt project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is nearing completion and is expected to reach initial production rates early next year, says ERG CEO Benedikt Sobotka.... 

METALKOL PROJECT 
The Metalkol Roan Tailings Reclamation project comprises the reprocessing of old cobalt and copper tailings from previous mining operations around Kolwezi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo
METALKOL PROJECT The Metalkol Roan Tailings Reclamation project comprises the reprocessing of old cobalt and copper tailings from previous mining operations around Kolwezi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo

DRC copper/cobalt tailings project potential probed

By: Tracy Hancock     8th December 2017 Aim-listed natural resource development company Red Rock Resources has extended the 40-day period in which it would carry out due diligence on four or five copper/cobalt tailings properties near Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The company reported on November 3 that the due... 

Copperbelt development driven by Cobalt

8th December 2017 The African Copperbelt is experiencing a resurgence of activity following the commodity slump of recent years, says Copper Cobalt Africa Conference chairperson Kathy Sole.   

First blast marks Kamoa Kakula development

8th December 2017 The first blast at the Kamoa-Kakula mine development, marking the start of work on the twin declines at the ultrahigh-grade Kakula discovery, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been completed ten days ahead of schedule. The successful blast at the Tier 1 copper project, near the... 

KAMOA-KAKULA The combined Kamoa-Kakula indicated mineral resources as of a May estiimate is about one-billion tonnes, grading 3.02% copper, containing 66-billion pounds of copper
KAMOA-KAKULA The combined Kamoa-Kakula indicated mineral resources as of a May estiimate is about one-billion tonnes, grading 3.02% copper, containing 66-billion pounds of copper

Accelerating growth and development on the Copperbelt

8th December 2017 By the end of day two of the three-day Caminex trade show, many exhibitors had already booked their stand for 2018. “Feedback from exhibitors was extremely positive,” says Caminex. 

POSITIVE OUTLOOK BMI Research has forecast sustained growth in the mining and specifically the copper mining sector until 2021
POSITIVE OUTLOOK BMI Research has forecast sustained growth in the mining and specifically the copper mining sector until 2021

DRC event promises to be bigger, better in 2018

8th December 2017 The third edition of the DRC Mining Week exhibition and conference in 2018 will welcome mining experts to a unique platform for the enhancement of mining investment and operations in the heart of mining hub the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The event is to be held in June, in Lubumbashi,... 

Continued focus on downstream development

By: Donald Makhafola     8th December 2017 The stage is set for the expansion of copper mining activities across the Copperbelt to take advantage of the 20-million tonnes of unmined copper in the region, nonprofit organisation Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) director Levine Warries tells Mining Weekly.   

 	PROMOTING BENEFICICIATION The Copper Development Association Africa seeks to increase itsmembership to fund research and development initiatives into the beneficiation of copper such as antimicrobial copper surfaces in healthcare facilities
PROMOTING BENEFICICIATION The Copper Development Association Africa seeks to increase itsmembership to fund research and development initiatives into the beneficiation of copper such as antimicrobial copper surfaces in healthcare facilities

Copper-focused company positioning itself to better serve sub-Saharan Africa

By: Donald Makhafola     8th December 2017 The Sub Sahara African region has massive reserves of copper and other strategic minerals and if it can pull its act together to present an investor-friendly destination, will be the world’s largest copper supplier in 25 years, South African foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie, CEO Edwin... 

EDWIN DREYER Once investment in the mining sector improves, sub-Saharan Africa countries can focus on beneficiation and start producing finished products instead of raw ore
EDWIN DREYER Once investment in the mining sector improves, sub-Saharan Africa countries can focus on beneficiation and start producing finished products instead of raw ore

Mine improves output as copper price slated to rise

8th December 2017 In the medium to long term, the fundamental outlook for copper is among the strongest of all metals, says diversified natural resources producer Eurasian Resources Group (ERC), which has copper assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “The lack of major copper plants due on stream,... 

Institutional challenges overshadow mineralisation

By: Nadine James     2nd December 2016 Prevailing institutional challenges facing Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will continue to hinder copper mining in the region if not addressed in a timely and satisfactory manner, says mining and business consultancy Core Africa, a division of Core Consultants. Core Africa... 

CASTING LONG SHADOWS Socioeconomic problems continue to adversely influence mining development in the Copperbelt region
CASTING LONG SHADOWS Socioeconomic problems continue to adversely influence mining development in the Copperbelt region
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