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Diversified Miners News

Afrimat’s diversification contributes to strong full-year results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 6 hours ago Industrial minerals and construction materials group Afrimat has recorded a good overall performance for the year ended February 28, and achieved positive results for the period owing to its diversification strategy, Afrimat group CEO Andries van Heerden said in a statement on Thursday. The... 

BHP keen on more copper, nickel sulphide and oil

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd May 2019 Mining major BHP on Wednesday laid out its near-term plans for investors, saying that the company would look to add “options” in copper, nickel sulphides and oil. Speaking to investors, CFO Peter Beaven that BHP analysed a number of scenarios to ensure that the company’s portfolio was resilient... 

BHP keen on more copper, nickel sulphide and oil

Minerals Council, fuel cell cost, Zim beneficiation make headlines  

22nd May 2019 This week, the Minerals Council South Africa reflects on the promise of the future, a new material may bring down the fuel cell cost curve, and a smelter in Zimbabwe heeds the local beneficiation call. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines.   

Minerals Council, fuel cell cost, Zim beneficiation make headlines
Minerals Council, fuel cell cost, Zim beneficiation make headlines

BHP polishes EV penetration forecast

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st May 2019 Mining major BHP has polished its forecast for the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) and what impact the shift to electric mobility will have on the copper and oil markets over the coming decades. The diversified mining company, which last week reaffirmed its commitment to supply the EV markets,... 

BHP polishes EV penetration forecast

Copper majors report sound performances

17th May 2019 Several large diversified miners dominate copper production in Zambia and account for a significant amount of copper production in the Copperbelt, which includes the Copperbelt province and the towns of Ndola, Kitwe, Chingola, Luanshya and Mufulira in particular, as well as the Democratic... 

Copper majors report sound performances
Photo by Creamer media
KANSANSHI The mine is capable of producing 340 000 t of copper and more than 120 000 oz/y of gold

Taxation, labour laws under spotlight at Caminex

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     17th May 2019 This year’s CAMINEX trade expo, which will be held from June 4 to 6 at the Kitwe Showgrounds, in Zambia, will focus on key topics such as taxation and labour laws, says event organiser Copperbelt, Agricultural and Commercial Show Society (CACSS) chairperson London Mwafulilwa. The discussions on... 

Taxation, labour laws under spotlight at Caminex
THE DEMO Exhibitor BL & D Copperbelt demonstrating a screener to Zambian Mines and Minerals Minister Richard Musukwa

Modernisation process could assist economic prosperity

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 The industry needs to modernise, “but let’s be clear about what modernisation is not – it is not simply mechanisation, it is far more than that”, says Minerals Council South Africa modernisation and safety senior executive Sietse van der Woude, He describes it, instead, as a process of transition... 

Modernisation process could assist economic prosperity
SIETSE VAN DER WOUDE The transition to modernised mining needs to afford all stakeholders the chance to develop policies and programmes which ensure sustainability beyond minin

Minerals Council getting closer to communities

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa has established two pilot regional offices as part of its broader aim to enhance community relations, says Minerals Council public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana. Minerals Council social performance head Alex Khumalo explains that the... 

Stakeholder relations key to Minerals Council’s new brand

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 In striving to become the preeminent policy advocacy in the mining industry, maintaining positive stakeholder engagements is key for Minerals Council South Africa, says public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana. He describes the Minerals Council as a focused advocacy... 

Rebranded Minerals Council reflects the promise of the future 

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa – formerly the Chamber of Mines –  officially rebranded in May 2018, repositioning the organisation to reflect, “the promise of the future”, by amending its role and ethos to drive a positive reform agenda that enables the industry to reach its true economic and... 

Rebranded Minerals Council reflects the promise of the future
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter discusses the organisation’s rebranding and role in the industry. Camerawork and Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Junior-specific Charter III provisions will boost growth

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa facilitated the inclusion of junior-specific provisions in Mining Charter 3, gazetted in September last year, says Minerals Council Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell. He notes that the provisions will assist the stability and growth of the... 

Economic opportunities, electricity generation, Tharisa Minerals make headlines 

16th May 2019 This week the CEO of Eunomix Claude Baissac paid Mining Weekly a visit and called on South Africans to act together to realise economic opportunities. In a time of energy uncertainty, the path is being paved for South Africans to generate their own electricity. And, Tharisa Minerals is sticking... 

Economic opportunities, electricity generation, Tharisa Minerals make headlines
Economic opportunities, electricity generation, Tharisa Minerals make headlines

Bushveld's Vametco achieves record monthly production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th May 2019 Diversified miner Bushveld Minerals' Vametco subsidiary produced 270 t of vanadium in March – the highest monthly production rate achieved by the operation in the past 21 months. This achievement comes on the back of improvements in mine production scheduling, vanadium grade in the kiln feed and... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac   

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa is correct in stating that South Africans need to act together with urgency and boldness if they are to realise the economic opportunities before them, Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac said on Tuesday. Baissac, who was speaking to Mining Weekly Online following the finding of... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about South Africa’s economic growth needs. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

BHP admits to ‘over-investing’ in Canada mine, but says Jansen remains attractive

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th May 2019 Diversified miner BHP on Tuesday admitted to an overspend at the Jansen potash mine, in Canada, but CEO Andrew Mackenzie has argued that the project remains an attractive asset. The mining giant has already spent $2.7-billion on the potash project, east of Saskatoon, Saskatchwan, and will have... 

BHP admits to ‘over-investing’ in Canada mine, but says Jansen remains attractive
The Jansen mine shaft in Canada's Saskatchewan

Vale posts first loss since late 2015 after fatal dam disaster

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2019 Vale reported its first quarterly loss since late 2015 as the company set aside funds to cover damages, legal costs and other obligations related to the dam disaster that left hundreds dead in January. The world’s largest iron ore producer set aside $4.5-billion and posted a loss of... 

Legislation hampers small- to medium-sized surface miners

By: Cameron Mackay     10th May 2019 Inflexible mining legislation that does not differentiate between small to medium-sized surface mining operations and larger, often underground, mining operations could cause the small surface mining sector to diminish, says surface mining association Aspasa director Nico Pienaar. “Mines that... 

Legislation hampers  small- to medium-sized surface miners
NICO PIENAAR Aspasa is there to promote the industry and sustainable small and medium-sized surface mining industry

Micromine software upgraded to increase performance

By: Thabi Madiba     10th May 2019 Following the positive effect of current worldwide exploration on the demand for mining software solutions specialist MICROMINE’s products, the company will release the latest version of its three-dimensional (3D) modelling and mine design software, Micromine 2020, in the last quarter of this... 

Micromine software  upgraded to  increase performance
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE The upgraded Micromine 2020 offers enhancements to implicit modelling and pit optimiser modules

Sector focuses on cost, project control solutions

By: Thabi Madiba     10th May 2019 While the mining sector is mainly focused on old production methods, the economy has changed the market in terms of commodities, labour structure and technology. This has led to the sector being more sensitive to cost and expenditure, which has resulted in the focus on better financial or cost... 

Sector focuses on cost, project control solutions
PLANNING PROCESS Correct project control tools manage costs better to ensure that there is no overspending on projects

First factory-fitted payload management system launched

By: Thabi Madiba     10th May 2019 Japanese yellow metal equipment manufacturer Komatsu and its subsidiary, mining equipment solutions provider MineWare, launched the first factory-fitted payload management system – the Argus PLM – during the bauma 2019 trade fair, held in Germany last month. The Argus PLM drives whole-of-mine... 

First factory-fitted payload management system launched
GROWING DEMAND More than 280 MineWare systems currently support more than 130 surface mining operations throughout South Africa, North and South America and Australasia

Upgrades to Khanye colliery complete

By: Cameron Mackay     10th May 2019 Upgrades to private investment company Menar’s rail siding for its Khanye colliery, near Bronkhorstspruit in Gauteng, are complete. The colliery is the company’s most recent opencast mine brought into full production. The greenfield project included the construction and commissioning of a 400 t/h... 

Upgrades to Khanye  colliery complete
KING COAL Possessing an average strip ratio of less than 2 to 1, and a uniform geology, coal can be extracted at Khanye at a low cost

Rio awards landmark contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th May 2019 Mining major Rio Tinto has awarded a A$20-million, five-year contract with Yurra Pty Ltd to provide civil maintenance services around the company’s Pilbara rail network. Yurra is majority owned by the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC), the appointed representative of the Yindjibarndi... 

Resources Watch  

9th May 2019 Mandela Mining Precinct enhancing collaboration And, Orion reawakening geological giant in Northern Cape 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Job creation, energy and a new fluorspar mine make headlines  

9th May 2019 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer joins me this week to unpack South Africa’s opportunities in job creation, energy transition and a new fluorspar mine.   

Job creation, energy and a new fluorspar mine make headlines
Job creation, energy and a new fluorspar mine make headlines

Big Four miners languish amid demand, ESG, capex concerns

By: Reuters     8th May 2019 The world's biggest diversified miners have yet to see their share prices reflect their role as providers of the minerals needed for a shift to a low-carbon economy. Mining companies provide minerals such as cobalt used in electric vehicle batteries and copper for increased electrification, and... 

Big Four miners languish amid demand, ESG, capex concerns

Bauba, Northam enter into trial product sale agreement

By: Simone Liedtke     6th May 2019 Diversified miner Bauba Platinum has entered into a trial product sale agreement with Northam subsidiary Booysendal Platinum. The agreement is effective from April this year and will see Northam process 24 000 t of low-grade chrome ore to be supplied by Bauba at its concentrator plant over a... 

WA miners contributed A$58bn to economy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th May 2019 New data from the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) has found that the state’s resources sector had contributed more than A$57.7-billion to the Australian economy in 2017/18. In a survey of 41 Western Australian mining, oil and gas, energy and contractor companies, the... 

Miners in Congo face subcontracting limits under new rules 

By: Bloomberg     3rd May 2019 Companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo will have to ensure subcontractors they hire are domestically owned under rules being implemented by the government. The requirement adds to the raft of new measures mining companies have had to contend with over the past year, after the state in... 

Miners in Congo face subcontracting limits under new rules

Amplats appoints PwC as external auditor from 2020

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2019 Diversified miner Anglo American Platinum has appointed Pricewaterhouse Coopers as its external auditor from 2020. The decision follows after the miner announced in its 2018 Integrated Report that Deloitte & Touche’s services as the external auditors of Amplats would terminate by rotation in 2020. 

Mining body releases autonomous systems guideline

By: Nadine James     3rd May 2019 The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) published the Guideline for the Implementation of Autonomous Systems in Mining last month, in an effort to assist in the implementation of these systems, which are being used more and more frequently owing to their potential for making the mining industry... 

Mining body releases autonomous systems guideline
LEADING THE WAY Rio Tinto, one of the pioneers in implementing autonomous mining systems, including autonomous trucks, assisted in the guideline's publication

Operator training service for mining to be launched in S Africa

By: Thabi Madiba     3rd May 2019 Workforce development provider Immersive Technologies will launch the Operator Performance Analytics (OPA) service to compare and improve operator skills and behaviour in South Africa later this year, following consistent growth in mine-related training and the use of mining simulation-based... 

Operator training service for mining to be launched in S Africa
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Through simulation-based training operators are trained on how to respond to real-life situations without putting them and machinery at risk

Digital technologies address mine modernisation

By: Thabi Madiba     3rd May 2019 Mineworkers and communities are negatively affected – through frequent and large-scale retrenchments – by the twenty-first-century trend of mine modernisation, which shows that the mismatch between twenty-first-century jobs and twentieth-century skills sets needs to urgently be addressed by... 

Digital technologies address mine modernisation
WITS DIGIMINE CONTROL ROOM DigiMine is equipped with digital systems that allow for hands-on research into ‘the mine of the future’

Upskilling of mineworkers required

By: Thabi Madiba     3rd May 2019 The South African mining education and training sector is in a dire state, with not enough focus on adult basic education and the proper upskilling of mineworkers, states socioeconomic development facilitator Economic Development Solutions (EDS) MD Janine Espin. “General large-scale intervention... 

Upskilling of mineworkers required
JANINE ESPIN EDS ensures that mines are legislatively compliant particularly in terms of the human resources component of the social and labour plan

Solutions provide mining with better water quality

3rd May 2019 An innovative new mobile water station has been developed to provide safe drinking water for remote workforces in the mining sector – improving water quality and worker satisfaction, cutting costs and spurring improved environmental performance by slashing the need for costly single-use plastic... 

Solutions provide mining with better  water quality
SUCCESSFUL DEBUT The Bluewater Trailer mobile water station has been successfully piloted on the set of the 'Raised by Wolves' television series

Condra customised crane completes Sishen’s ore spillage recovery chain

By: Nadine James     3rd May 2019 While grabbing cranes are usually large machines with wide spans and high lifting heights, the Condra grabbing crane installed in February at the railhead serving Sishen Iron Ore Mine, near Kuruman, was designed to manoeuvre through relatively tight space, Condra Cranes announced in a statement... 

Mining body releases autonomous systems guideline

By: Nadine James     3rd May 2019 The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) published the Guideline for the Implementation of Autonomous Systems in Mining last month, in an effort to assist in the implementation of these systems, which are being used more and more frequently owing to their potential for making the mining industry... 

Mining body releases autonomous systems guideline
LEADING THE WAY Rio Tinto, one of the pioneers in implementing autonomous mining systems, including autonomous trucks, assisted in the guideline's publication

Anglo American a founding sponsor of the World Bank’s Climate Smart Mining fund

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd May 2019 Diversified miner Anglo American has stepped up as a founding donor to the World Bank’s Climate Smart Mining Facility. In a statement, the company indicated that this was the first-ever fund dedicated to making mining for metals and minerals a more sustainable practice that complements the energy... 

Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah copper mine switches to renewable energy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd May 2019 Mining major Rio Tinto will be permanently shutting the coal power plant at its Kennecott Utah copper project, switching the operation to renewable energy and reducing its annual carbon footprint at the mine by nearly 65%. The company announced on Thursday that Kennecott’s electricity needs would... 

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