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Efficiency focus can ease demand on Eskom

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 Zest WEG, the South African subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has engaged local entities as well as the Embassy of Brazil to hold a roundtable in South Africa on energy efficiency early this year to encourage industry to use and promote energy-efficient products. “We... 

Edenville raises £700 000

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2020 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has completed its fundraising, securing the necessary working capital to meet the current contracted production demands of up to 12 000 t of washed coal a month from its flagship Rukwa coal project, in Tanzania. Edenville has raised £700 000, before expenses, by way of... 

Power cuts take their toll on Amplats’ output

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2020 Power outages implemented by State-owned power utility Eskom continued to negatively impact on precious metals miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) platinum-group metals (PGMs) production for 2019, resulting in an overall unrecoverable loss of 38 000 oz of PGMs for the year. In the first... 

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani
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Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Lithium interest skyrockets, but battery advancements could leave mineral behind

By: Simone Liedtke     20th January 2020 Lithium interest has skyrocketed on the back of demand created by the battery industry, and while the mineral “shows no signs of slowing down”, analytics and consultant company GlobalData says that battery technology “is changing at an enormous pace” and the lithium market behind may be left... 

DRC President to attend Mining Indaba

By: Simone Liedtke     17th January 2020 Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Félix Tshisekedi will be attending this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held in Cape Town next month. He will be accompanied by a large delegation from the DRC, including two newly appointed Cabinet Ministers, namely Energy... 

Minerals Council calls for intervention to ‘salvage and revive’ South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa and other government leaders to “salvage and revive” South Africa’s economy after noting the “increasing urgency of a range of critical steps needed”. In a statement released ahead of the Business Economic Indaba (BEI), which... 

Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter
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Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Vanadium can boost South African mining, says GlobalData  

By: Simone Liedtke     13th January 2020 New deposits are needed to promote the image of South Africa’s mining sector as that of a “sunrise industry”, despite years of falling production, strikes and upheaval, data analytics and consulting company GlobalData mining technology writer Scarlett Evans says. She notes, however, that surveys... 

Growth initiatives to continue in 2020 as new laws come into effect  

By: Simone Liedtke     9th January 2020 Initiatives to drive growth and stabilise the economy will continue to be a focus in the coming year, especially as efforts to root out corruption and State capture progress, law firm Webber Wentzel says. Robust corporate governance for listed companies will also remain a focus area for the JSE,... 

Growth initiatives to continue in 2020 as new laws come into effect

Minerals Council joins calls for govt to ensure increased electricity self-generation 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa has welcomed the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’s) statement that it is committed to the development of adequate generation capacity to meet electricity demand in the interests of economic growth. However, the council said the industry... 

Juwi completes first stage of Agnew hybrid mini-grid

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2019 International project developer Juwi has successfully completed the first stage of the development of one of Australia’s largest hybrid renewable micro-grid projects. Juwi’s Australian subsidiary, Juwi Renewable Energy, had installed a 4 MW single axis tracking photovoltaic system at Gold... 

Gold Fields' hybrid renewable energy project at Agnew gold mine
Gold Fields' hybrid renewable energy project at Agnew gold mine

Afarak warns of retrenchments at South African subsidiaries 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2019 Specialist alloy producer Afarak has said two of its South African subsidiaries – Afarak Mogale and Ilitha Mining – might retrench some employees. The subsidiaries have issued a notice, in terms of Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act, to start to a 90-day period of consultations with workers... 

Kazatomprom bids farewell to Jon Dudas, appoints interim chairperson

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2019 Nuclear power company Kazatomprom bid farewell to independent board member Jon Dudas, who had been serving since 2015, and stepped down on Friday, December 6. Dudas, who had also been serving as chairperson of the company’s board of directors since August 2018, has been offered a position on the... 

Battery technology advances could create savings, environmental benefits

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th November 2019 Further advances in battery technology are expected as new options come to market and new economies of scale are achieved, says independent consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. 

ANDREW VAN ZYL AND MARCIN WERTZ
Advancements in battery technology are likely to create the potential to reduce costs and environmental impact while providing a disruptive force as price volatility persists
ANDREW VAN ZYL AND MARCIN WERTZ Advancements in battery technology are likely to create the potential to reduce costs and environmental impact while providing a disruptive force as price volatility persists

Consultants prioritise energy efficiency

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd November 2019 With the mining industry shifting towards more energy efficient processes, mining consulting and engineering services provider BBE is observing increased demand for developing and implementing energy efficiency in ventilation and cooling processes. “Ventilation, cooling and pumping are the major... 

RICHARD GUNDERSEN

Ventilation on-demand is becoming more topical. One can switch fans on or off, and align cooling to where the activity is happening in a mine
RICHARD GUNDERSEN Ventilation on-demand is becoming more topical. One can switch fans on or off, and align cooling to where the activity is happening in a mine

Fan range redesigned to meet industry needs

22nd November 2019 Global ventilation fans and systems manufacturer TLT-Turbo GmbH has announced the redesign of its Auxiliary and Booster fan range. The new designs engender efficiency and cost effectiveness in a versatile product range able to meet the ventilation requirements of the mining industry. Development... 

UNDERGROUND DEMAND

TLT-Turbo has received orders from a South African gold mine, and for the Kamoa Copper project
UNDERGROUND DEMAND TLT-Turbo has received orders from a South African gold mine, and for the Kamoa Copper project

Checks crucial to continuing operations

15th November 2019 Specialist in electric power generation and electro-mechanical power transmission Vert Energy supports a wide range of components and systems, with the assistance of a repair, refurbishment and maintenance service throughout Africa. 

IMPRESSIVE SKILLS
Vert Energy has a highly-skilled team of technicians that is able to help with any on-site electromechanical breakdown or repair problem
IMPRESSIVE SKILLS Vert Energy has a highly-skilled team of technicians that is able to help with any on-site electromechanical breakdown or repair problem

SA mining urged to reform, embrace technology to overcome current challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2019 As a primary sector in South Africa’s struggling economy, government and industry must collaborate on policy and overcome a myriad of challenges to stimulate the South African mining sector and drive long-term investment. At the Joburg Indaba 2019, held earlier this month at Inanda Club, in... 

SA mining urged to reform, embrace technology to overcome current challenges

B2Gold approves $38m hybrid energy project for Mali mine 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2019 Canadian gold miner B2Gold has approved the $38-million implementation of an offgrid solar battery hybrid system at its Fekola mine, in Mali. Construction is set to start at the end of this year, with completion scheduled for August 2020. 

Drive system ideal for bulk handling

11th October 2019 German engineers Getriebebau Nord now offer the MAXXDRIVE industrial gear unit, a powerful drive system characterised by “maximum reliability, safety and robustness”, for the transportation of bulk materials using conveyor systems. MAXXDRIVE industrial gear units are suitable for installation on... 

MAD MAXX The Nord MAXXDRIVE is a powerful drive system suited to the transportation of bulk materials using conveyor systems.
MAD MAXX The Nord MAXXDRIVE is a powerful drive system suited to the transportation of bulk materials using conveyor systems.

Local supplier realises first for Southern Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Engineering components supplier Bearing Man Group (BMG) was appointed as an official Danfoss DrivePro service partner for South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa in May. BMG subsequently sought to highlight the suitability of Danfoss’ VLT AutomationDrive FC 300 series to the African mining sector to... 

PRO TIP
Bearing Man Group is the first South African company to be appointed as a DrivePro service partner
PRO TIP Bearing Man Group is the first South African company to be appointed as a DrivePro service partner

New drives rolling out throughout S Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Subsequent to the launch of the new VDrivePlus and AlphaDrive-Micro variable speed drives (VSDs) from Hudaco Group company Varispeed, bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International (BI) has embarked on a training and sample-distribution campaign at its 50 BI branches in South Africa.... 

ALPHA AND OMEGA
The AlphaDrive Micro and VDrivePlus by Varispeed have been launched in South Africa by BMG
ALPHA AND OMEGA The AlphaDrive Micro and VDrivePlus by Varispeed have been launched in South Africa by BMG

Projects department pursuing growth in Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Drive components manufacturer SEW-Eurodrive tells Mining Weekly that its projects department has maintained a continual state of growth and that the majority of its project work has been secured in the rest of Africa. In close collaboration with SEW-Eurodrive’s exports department, the projects... 

NORMAN MALEKA
The department’s core function is to respond to queries from either project houses or original-equipment manufacturers for specific project work
NORMAN MALEKA The department’s core function is to respond to queries from either project houses or original-equipment manufacturers for specific project work

Regulating motor efficiency can assist in stabilising grid

11th October 2019 Regulating efficiency in motors by adopting a minimum efficiency performance standard (MEPS) for electric motors can help stabilise South Africa’s power supply, and mitigate the risk of load-shedding. Zest WEG Group rotating machines manager Fanie Steyn highlights that a MEPS would significantly... 

FULL OF ZEST
The company is confident that implementing a minimum efficiency performance standard will have significant benefits for South Africa
FULL OF ZEST The company is confident that implementing a minimum efficiency performance standard will have significant benefits for South Africa

FirstRand shareholders to vote on climate risk resolutions next month

By: Simone Liedtke     9th October 2019 Shareholders of financial services provider FirstRand will, next month, vote on whether the company must report on its assessment of its exposure to climate-related risks, and to adopt and publicly disclose a policy on fossil fuel lending. This will require more than 50% of shareholders to vote... 

Fekola mill expansion started

By: Tracy Hancock     4th October 2019 Canada-headquartered senior gold producer B2Gold has started the mill expansion at the Fekola mine, in south-west Mali. The expansion, which is scheduled for completion early in the fourth quarter of 2020, is expected to significantly increase yearly gold production and enhance the Fekola mine’s... 

CAPITAL SPEND The mill expansion is estimated to be about $50-million, with B2Gold splitting this capital spending evenly between 2019 and 2020
CAPITAL SPEND The mill expansion is estimated to be about $50-million, with B2Gold splitting this capital spending evenly between 2019 and 2020

Queensland sits on $10bn worth of uranium, Macfarlane tells nuclear power inquiry

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2019 Queensland is missing out on a multi-billion dollar addition to its resources and energy industry, owing to bans on uranium mining, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) CEO Ian Macfarlane told an inquiry on Monday. In a statement issued following public hearings at the House of Representatives... 

Ian Macfarlane
Ian Macfarlane

Amplats continues to see positive demand for 3E PGMs

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th September 2019 Platinum-group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) continued to see positive demand for platinum, rhodium and palladium (3E) PGMs over the short and medium term, Amplats CEO Chris Griffith noted at the company’s interim results presentation, held in... 

CHRIS GRIFFITH 
Platinum has been boosted this year by very strong investment demand of more than 700 000 oz
CHRIS GRIFFITH Platinum has been boosted this year by very strong investment demand of more than 700 000 oz

Energy alternatives for mining

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th September 2019 The demand for electricity in South Africa continues to increase and there is no certainty that State-owned power utility Eskom will be able to meet that demand at a cost-effective price, says international business law firm Fasken partner and finance and projects head Ashen Jugoo. It is highly... 

ASHEN JUGOO 
We expect that there will be a remarkable increase in captive power projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa
ASHEN JUGOO We expect that there will be a remarkable increase in captive power projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

Investing in African Mining Indaba.
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Fuel cell export figures on the rise

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Washington-based global advocacy organisation Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) tells Mining Weekly that the US Department of Energy (DoE) reported a global increase in fuel cell exports, from 650 MW in 2017 to 800 MW in 2018. The information, compiled by international strategic... 

ALL THE HYPE
Mobile and stationary fuel cell exports are on the increase globally
ALL THE HYPE Mobile and stationary fuel cell exports are on the increase globally

Hydrogen filling stations set for South Africa

20th September 2019 Norwegian energy equipment and solutions company Nel Hydrogen has been pioneering the development of filling stations for vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells (HFCs). Nel Hydrogen is represented by technology and solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering, a division of the RTS Africa Group,... 

PUMP UP THE ...
RTS Africa is introducing a hydrogen pump to the South African fuel cell market
PUMP UP THE ... RTS Africa is introducing a hydrogen pump to the South African fuel cell market

Hydrogen strategy reaches third phase

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 The National Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Research, Development and Innovation Strategy, known as Hydrogen South Africa (HySA), has reached the third phase of its 15-year programme, which comprises three five-year phases. HySA – an initiative of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI),... 

CREATIVE AWARENESS
Using creative artwork to illustrate the inner workings of a fuel cell at the Poelano Secondary School near Ventersdorp
CREATIVE AWARENESS Using creative artwork to illustrate the inner workings of a fuel cell at the Poelano Secondary School near Ventersdorp

Service provider proud of fuel cell involvement

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Business development service provider PentaQuark Energy (PQE) technical head Nicola Kotze tells Mining Weekly that the company’s continued involvement in the successful running of Minerals Council South Africa’s installed and fully operational fuel cell is worth celebrating. “PQE is exceptionally... 

FUELING THE CLOUD
Conversation around fuel cells continue in the hopes that a burst in uptake will be seen soon enough
FUELING THE CLOUD Conversation around fuel cells continue in the hopes that a burst in uptake will be seen soon enough

S Africa can lead platinum-fuelled hydrogen economy

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter claims that South Africa should be leading the global drive towards a platinum-fuelled hydrogen economy. “The South African government, at provincial and national level, needs to realise the benefits of a platinum-driven hydrogen economy to become... 

Fuel cell continues to power Minerals Council building 

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Minerals Council South Africa continues to showcase its natural gas baseload fuel cell, almost five years after it was first commissioned in December 2014 as a means of effective green power generation. Minerals Council administrative head Jeannette Hofsajer-Van Wyk tells Mining Weekly that,... 

SPLICE GIRLS
The successful showcasing and maintenance of the Minerals Council South Africa fuel cell has been achieved by two formidable women in the fuel cell industry ~ Jeannette Hofsajer-Van Wyk and Nicola Kotze
Minerals Council administrative head Jeannette Hofsajer-Van Wyk discusses the fuel cell at the Minerals council building which it continues to showcase. Camera work and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Swedish technology helping smelters lower power use and emissions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th September 2019 South Africa boasts a substantial mining industry that is a considerable electricity user, yet the industry is hampered by intermittent supply and the high cost of electricity, as well as considerable waste emissions by operations. A potential solution to this conundrum is being offered by... 

Swedish technology helping smelters lower power use and emissions

Power supply hampering Zimbabwe mining

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     6th September 2019 Despite experiencing growth last year, intermittent power supply and a lack of new foreign direct investment (FDI) are the main causes of the Zimbabwe mining sector’s declining performance, says specialist strategy and communications consultancy Africa Practice mining sector lead Rishon Chimboza. 

RISHON CHIMBOZA 
Zimbabwe needs to demonstrate that it is ready for investment when these investments start coming in
RISHON CHIMBOZA Zimbabwe needs to demonstrate that it is ready for investment when these investments start coming in

Portfolio Committee warns of imminent energy crisis in South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd September 2019 The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy has warned of an imminent energy crisis in South Africa, if nothing is done, as a matter of urgency, to turn things around. This is after the Central Energy Fund briefed the committee on Friday about the crisis facing national oil company... 

Portfolio Committee warns of imminent energy crisis in South Africa
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