https://www.miningweekly.com
R/€ = 16.74 Change: 0.02
R/$ = 15.85 Change: 0.01
Au 1842.56 $/oz Change: 29.17
Pt 963.00 $/oz Change: 34.50
 

Exploration

Vaccination roll-out could increase investment

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     15th October 2021 The South African mining industry’s proactive efforts to mitigate the effects of Covid-19 on the industry have resulted in its adopting a holistic approach to the pandemic, including the more recent vaccination roll-out. This can provide benefits for exploration investment in the country, says... 

Legislative changes needed to enhance exploration prospects

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     15th October 2021 While exploration is the lifeblood of the local mining industry, law firm Beech Veltman states that exploration spend has been declining for several years, even before the Covid-19 pandemic impacted on global demand. “This decline of exploration activity has primarily been as a result of... 

Mining equipment in a gold mine tunnel
DOWNWARD SPIRAL Unless significant efforts are made to attract exploration investment, the South African mining industry will be in trouble

Company increases local exploration activity

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     15th October 2021 Mining investment company Menar, through its subsidiaries, has committed to ensuring its continued growth through several investment and development projects. “Exploration allows for the development of new projects and the establishment of new mines. Menar has R7-billion worth of new investment... 

Aerial shot of Kangra Twyfelhoek mine
AERIAL VIEW While exploration does present multiple financial and economic benefits, the economic viability has to be assessed over a long-term period

Africa Mining Summit launches mapping project

16th October 2020 World leaders in gravity gradiometry Bell Geospace and the Botswana Geoscience Institute (BGI) announced the launch of their new Mineral Prospectivity Mapping project at the 2020 Africa Mining Summit last month.  

MAPPED OUT
The project will automate a process of delineating and evaluating mineral prospectivity within the area of interest
MAPPED OUT The project will automate a process of delineating and evaluating mineral prospectivity within the area of interest

Covid-19 mining regulations affect exploration

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     16th October 2020 While there were no exploration-specific regulatory changes because of Covid-19, the regulations applied to the mining industry ultimately affected exploration projects. 

JONATHAN VEERAN 
Hinderances have arisen from the pandemic, the primary hinderance being that timelines have been pushed back
JONATHAN VEERAN Hinderances have arisen from the pandemic, the primary hinderance being that timelines have been pushed back

Service provider returns to exploration

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     16th October 2020 With an existing and substantial fleet of exploration drill rigs, geotechnical service specialist Geogroup intends to get back to the exploration space. “Geomech Africa, a subsidiary company of Geogroup with its Level 1 B-BBEE, has not been involved in any exploration drilling projects in the... 

DIG DEEP 
Geogroup rigs range from being able to drill 200 m holes to 2 000 m holes
DIG DEEP Geogroup rigs range from being able to drill 200 m holes to 2 000 m holes

AI analytics give greater insight into exploration

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     16th October 2020 Geospatial analytics specialist Descartes Labs offers a unique and powerful analytics platform that provides its clients with a wide range of geospatial and non-geospatial data for visualisation and predictive analytics. 

Prelim results bode well

16th October 2020 Aim- and Botswana Stock Exchange- (BSE-) listed diamond explorer Botswana Diamonds (BOD), last month announced the preliminary results of the next phase of its drilling campaign on the Marsfontein project.  “The objective of this limited exercise was to test an historical anomaly identified as... 

Equipment mobilisation for Bibemi project starts

16th October 2020 West Africa-focused metals exploration company Oriole Resources last month announced that mineral drilling solutions provider Capital Limited had started mobilising equipment for a 3 000 m diamond drilling contract for the Bibemi exploration licence in Cameroon. The press release notes that... 

END GAME 
The Bibemi project is currently progressing through its exploration phase
Photo by Bloomberg
END GAME The Bibemi project is currently progressing through its exploration phase

Transformation in explosives sector yet to ignite

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd October 2019 Economic transformation in the mining, drilling and blasting industry remains slow and requires greater engagement from critical roleplayers, such as government, who should encourage the industry to realise the benefits of transformation, says rock blasting and demolition company Master Blasters... 

TRANSFORMATION TROUBLES
Despite legislation, emerging black-owned companies still struggle with access to larger mining projects, owing to a lack of resources, experience and support
TRANSFORMATION TROUBLES Despite legislation, emerging black-owned companies still struggle with access to larger mining projects, owing to a lack of resources, experience and support

Multiple factors hampering local exploration

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd October 2019 Multiple elements are slowing down exploration activity in South Africa. “There have been pockets of activity . . . but, overall, the industry has slowed down to a point where retrenchments are rife and new investment is slow to materialise,” says South African exploration and geotechnical... 

AWAITING THEIR RETURN
There are many exploration companies in South Africa – many drill rigs and people are waiting to get back to work
AWAITING THEIR RETURN There are many exploration companies in South Africa – many drill rigs and people are waiting to get back to work

Multiple factors hampering local exploration

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     18th October 2019 Multiple elements are slowing down exploration activity in South Africa. “There have been pockets of activity . . . but, overall, the industry has slowed down to a point where retrenchments are rife and new investment is slow to materialise,” says South African exploration and geotechnical... 

AWAITING THEIR RETURN
There are many exploration companies in South Africa – many drill rigs and people are waiting to get back to work
AWAITING THEIR RETURN There are many exploration companies in South Africa – many drill rigs and people are waiting to get back to work

Growth, emerging contractors positive on exploration

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     18th October 2019 New contractors entering the industry with “lucrative contracts” present an opportunity for the exploration industry to grow, Goscor Earth Moving (GEM) sales executive Murray Leith tells Mining Weekly, referencing the 14.4% growth in the mining sector during the April to June 2019 period.... 

EXPANSION PLANS
Goscor Earth Moving is working towards increasing SANY’s presence in the South African market
EXPANSION PLANS Goscor Earth Moving is working towards increasing SANY’s presence in the South African market

Transition depends on mineralisation

18th October 2019 Stakeholders have been trying to alter the perception of South Africa’s mining sector from that of a “sunset industry” to a “sunrise industry”, but such a transition inherently depends on the country’s mineral potential, states the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM). “This... 

UNLOCKING POTENTIAL
Through active participation and a collaborative approach South Africa’s mineral potential can be unlocked
UNLOCKING POTENTIAL Through active participation and a collaborative approach South Africa’s mineral potential can be unlocked

Is S Africa’s regulatory framework supportive of junior mining?

18th October 2019 Whenever the mining industry experiences a downturn, exploration spending usually plummets, a phenomena best illustrated by South Africa, whose exploration budget, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence, decreased from $404-million in 2007 to $87-million in 2017. From a global perspective,... 

Drill project assists in resource optimisation

18th October 2019 Chemical manufacturer Foskor awarded drilling contractor Geomech Africa a contract to conduct geotechnical drilling at the Foskor Mining Division in Limpopo in July, with completion set to happen in October. The aim of the project is to obtain sufficient geotechnical data for optimisation of the... 

THRILLS AND DRILLS
The main purpose of this drilling programme is to obtain sufficient geotechnical data for optimisation of the north and south pits
THRILLS AND DRILLS The main purpose of this drilling programme is to obtain sufficient geotechnical data for optimisation of the north and south pits

Algold assay results exceed expectations

19th October 2018 West Africa-focused junior developer Algold Resources’ preliminary assay results from drilling carried out in July and August on the high-grade Salma-Eleonore East Vein System (SVS) located at the company’s Tijirit gold project in Mauritania have exceeded expectations. The results released last... 

SAMPLING 
Exploration work is ongoing along Algold Resources' Salma project in Mauritania
SAMPLING Exploration work is ongoing along Algold Resources' Salma project in Mauritania

Avesoro New Liberty mineral resources upgrades

19th October 2018 West African gold producer Avesoro Resources has successfully increased the measured and indicated mineral resource at its New Liberty gold mine in Liberia to more than 1.1-million ounces. “The completion of the infill drilling campaign at New Liberty has improved the confidence in the estimated... 

FUTURE Avesoro Resources is evaluating the optimal approach for the mining of the New Liberty orebody to deliver strong positive cash flows
FUTURE Avesoro Resources is evaluating the optimal approach for the mining of the New Liberty orebody to deliver strong positive cash flows

Busy year for exploration in Africa

19th October 2018 Exploration in gold has been the main driver of its busy work schedule in Africa this year, while precious gems have also seen strong demand, says engineering consulting firm SRK Exploration Services (SRK ES) senior exploration geologist Oliver Bayley. “We have worked on 25 African exploration... 

PEGMATITE DRILLING SRK Exploration Services have worked on 25 African exploration projects so far this year
PEGMATITE DRILLING SRK Exploration Services have worked on 25 African exploration projects so far this year

Company uses sonic drilling for core recovery in sand

19th October 2018 Geotechnical services company Geomech Africa, subsidiary of Geogroup, imported its 20 tonne, SDC 450-24 sonic drill rig from Canada at a cost of US$1-million specifically to handle deep borehole work in mineral sands at multinational diversified miner Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) sands... 

SONIC DRILLING Geomech Africa hired sonic drillers to assist in the new geological conditions found in the dunes of the Richards Bay Minerals site
SONIC DRILLING Geomech Africa hired sonic drillers to assist in the new geological conditions found in the dunes of the Richards Bay Minerals site

MOD gets approval for new exploration project

By: Donald Makhafola     19th October 2018 Australian-listed copper exploration and development company MOD Resources has received approval from the Department of Environmental Affairs in Botswana to drill within a 700 km2 area in the northern section of the T20 dome complex. The approval is subject to the standard four-week public review... 

EXPLORATION MOD Resources has no plans to explore outside the Kalahari Copperbelt in Botswana at this stage
EXPLORATION MOD Resources has no plans to explore outside the Kalahari Copperbelt in Botswana at this stage

Tekeledougou’s assay results show extended gold

19th October 2018 West African focused gold exploration company Cora Gold last month announced the final batch of assay results from the Tekeledougou project in southern Mali which confirm that the strike length of gold mineralised structures extends to at least 1.1 km at Kouroudian prospect and 350 m at Woyoni... 

INCREASE Cora Gold final batch of assay results from the Tekeledougou project in southern Mali show extended gold
INCREASE Cora Gold final batch of assay results from the Tekeledougou project in southern Mali show extended gold

Conference cornerstone of geophysics industry

By: Nadine James     20th October 2017 The fifteenth biennial South African Geophysical Association (SAGA) conference and exhibition has become a cornerstone of the geophysics industry within the African region, says SAGA conference committee chairperson Reece van Buren. “No other event caters for our science quite like this one and... 

A FORMATION OF GEOPHYSICISTS This year’s South African Geophysical Association conference and exhibition included 32 exhibitors, 15 sponsors, 19 keynote speakers, 218 delegates and about 30 geophysics students
A FORMATION OF GEOPHYSICISTS This year’s South African Geophysical Association conference and exhibition included 32 exhibitors, 15 sponsors, 19 keynote speakers, 218 delegates and about 30 geophysics students

Norwegian oil giant increases foothold in SA

20th October 2017 Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil has acquired a 35% interest in exploration right 12/3/252 Transkei-Algoa, south of the Eastern Cape coastline, in South Africa, which is in line with its aim to position itself for global opportunities. This announcement followed the conclusion of a... 

PLUMBING NEW DEPTHS Statoil has numerous projects along the Norwegian continental shelf, as well as around the Southern African coast from Angola to Tanzania
Photo by Statoil
PLUMBING NEW DEPTHS Statoil has numerous projects along the Norwegian continental shelf, as well as around the Southern African coast from Angola to Tanzania

Rise in DRC exploration activity expected

20th October 2017 With the improvements in the copper price, mining interest will soon be returning to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says mining consultancy SRK Consulting country manager Susa Maleba.   “In fact, for explorers wanting to initiate drilling programmes, time is running out,” says Maleba.... 

EXTENDING LIFE The sulphide resources underlying the oxide resources at Kinsevere have the potential to extend the mine life to 2033
EXTENDING LIFE The sulphide resources underlying the oxide resources at Kinsevere have the potential to extend the mine life to 2033

LANXESS

20th October 2017 Despite South Africa being the largest contributor to the ferrochrome industry, the sector remains under immense pressure. Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is the only company in South Africa that handles the entire chemical chrome value chain, from the mining of the raw material, chrome ore,... 

LANXESS

Atlas Copco

20th October 2017 A world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, Atlas Copco is characterised by focused businesses, a global presence with direct sales and service, a strong, stable and growing service business, professional people and an asset-light and flexible manufacturing setup. “We are... 

Atlas Copco

Company explores tailings project, defines overall resource

By: Nadine James     20th October 2017 Rustenburg-based miner LANXESS Chrome Mining – owned by German speciality chemicals company LANXESS – is investigating the viability of a tailings retreatment project, in addition to defining the resource of its existing opencast licence and that of its recently acquired land, thereafter... 

Technological innovation will drive new exploration strategies  

By: Nadine James     14th October 2016 Increased innovation in analytical instrumentation and unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, technology will further enhance the means and cost of exploration, thereby enabling the development of new exploration strategies, says mining consultancy The MSA Group. Oxford University and University of... 

A NEED FOR INNOVATION New technologies could reduce the cost of greenfield exploration, which would hopefully result in an increase in activity which has been declining for several years
A NEED FOR INNOVATION New technologies could reduce the cost of greenfield exploration, which would hopefully result in an increase in activity which has been declining for several years

Malawi starts geological mapping programme

14th October 2016 Malawi has signed an agreement with a consortium of geological survey organisations for a countrywide Geological Mapping and Mineral Assessment Project (Gemmap) to assist in the growth of the minerals sector by providing detailed references for mineral exploration and mine planning. The... 

HIDDEN GEMS? In its efforts to boost mineral exploration and mining revenue, the Angolan government has launched a mapping project to discover untapped mineral reserves
HIDDEN GEMS? In its efforts to boost mineral exploration and mining revenue, the Angolan government has launched a mapping project to discover untapped mineral reserves

Further drilling planned for Boto, preparing for exploitation permit

14th October 2016 Canadian gold miner Iamgold Corporation expects to start further drilling at its wholly-owned Boto gold project in eastern Senegal in November, once the rainy season ends, says Iamgold senior VP Craig MacDougall. The additional drilling will follow a drilling programme that confirmed the presence... 

GOING FOR GOLD Iamgold has two Malian gold operations, as well as an exploration project in Senegal. The Senegal-Mali region is known for its gold deposits
GOING FOR GOLD Iamgold has two Malian gold operations, as well as an exploration project in Senegal. The Senegal-Mali region is known for its gold deposits
1
2 3 4
RSS Feed

About

Mining Weekly is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Research Channel Africa
Polity

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on MiningWeekly.com is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Subscribe Now
Free daily email newsletter Register Now