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Exploration

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... 

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... 

Avesoro New Liberty  mineral resources upgrades
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... 

Busy year for exploration in Africa
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... 

Company uses sonic  drilling for core  recovery in sand
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... 

MOD gets approval for new  exploration project
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... 

Tekeledougou’s assay results 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... 

Conference cornerstone  of geophysics industry
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... 

Norwegian oil giant  increases foothold in SA
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.... 

Rise in DRC exploration activity expected
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... 

Technological innovation will drive new exploration strategies
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... 

Malawi starts geological mapping programme
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... 

Further drilling planned for Boto, preparing for exploitation permit
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

Global decrease in exploration activity

14th October 2016 Lower commodity prices, market instability, reduced investment and increased environmental awareness, have been cited as reasons for the global decrease in exploration activity by scientific agency for natural sciences the US Geological Survey (USGS). The agency released its yearly report on... 

Global decrease in exploration activity
EXPLORATION EMPHASIS Global exploration activity last year predominantly comprised of gold and copper exploration

Obtaining approvals a challenge for mine development

By: Bruce Montiea     16th October 2015 Obtaining the necessary statutory permitting approvals and licences to operate in a timely and cost-effective manner is a major challenge to mine development in South Africa, says multicommodity exploration company White Rivers Exploration (WRE) executive director Refilwe Monageng. He says the... 

Obtaining approvals a challenge for mine development
PROSPECTING White Rivers Exploration is in a joint venture with Harmony Gold to explore and develop the Beisa prospect

Exploration industry remains challenging

16th October 2015 The exploration and mining industry remains challenging for investors and mining consultancies, with a decline in market activity, says mining consultancy The MSA Group geology operations manager Michael Cronwright. Cronwright says since the peak in exploration budgets in 2012, at about... 

Exploration industry remains challenging
Photo by Bloomberg
UNATTRACTIVE PRICE Low commodity prices is among the factors that contribute to a lack of investor appetite

Exploration company expands projects

By: Bruce Montiea     16th October 2015 The Benin government’s award of exploration rights to mineralised tantalum and gem bearing pegmatites to multi-commodity mining and natural resource company Premier African Minerals, in April, supports the company’s strategy of expanding its exploration projects, Premier says. “The mining... 

Exploration company expands projects
FIELDWORK A first code compliant resource estimate for eluvial columbo-tantalite showings at the Toumi artisanal mining site is planned for spring next year

Company updates exploration technology

By: Bruce Montiea     16th October 2015 Mining software, hardware and services provider Maptek updated its I-Site 8200 three-dimensional laser scanning technology in August. The technology allows for fast and accurate data capturing and analysis in exploration projects, says Maptek I-Site Africa regional manager Elton du Plessis. Since... 

Company updates  exploration technology
MINERAL EXPLORATION The I-Site 8200 technology enables fast and accurate data capturing and analysis in exploration projects

Exploration companies in Africa should use information to enhance projects

16th October 2015 Undertaking exploration projects is increasingly becoming a challenge owing to a lack of available equity, says Australia-based consulting company Optiro director Mark Warren, noting that this makes it difficult for explorers to add value to their companies. However, he says there is available... 

New system aids exploration reporting

16th October 2015 Geological consulting and exploration management company RSC Global has developed a new system for managing the quality of public reporting on exploration projects, which is making inroads into the South African and Canadian reporting jurisdictions. The RSC Mineral Intelligence (RSC-MI) system... 

New system aids  exploration reporting
Photo by Bloomberg
EXPLORATION REPORTING The RSC Mineral Intelligence reporting system is for activities such as target acquisition, market research and resource comparison

Company launches ERP system for explorers 

By: Bruce Montiea     16th October 2015 Business improvement and technology company Barnstone will, at the end of this month, release its Barnstone Exploration Solution enterprise resource planning (ERP) system aimed at enabling exploration companies to run their operations effectively and efficiently, exploration and mining... 

Company launches ERP system for explorers
Exploration and mining entrepreneur Dr Tony Harwood discusses the Barnstone Exploration Solution enterprise resource planning system

African mining requires lightweight tools

By: Bruce Montiea     16th October 2015 Lightweight and field-portable devices are the most suitable for African mining conditions, as they enable exploration teams to easily navigate the mostly rough terrain, says field-portable ultraviolet, visible and near infrared spectrometer designer and manufacturer Spectral Evolution.  The... 

African mining requires lightweight tools
Photo by Bloomberg
END PRODUCT Yttrium is a heavy rare earth element used to make metal alloys

Phosphate project to get under way  

By: Bruce Montiea     16th October 2015 The prefeasibility study at mineral exploration and development company Montero Mining and Exploration’s phosphate project, in Saldanha Bay, Western Cape, is expected to start soon, with the goal of completion in 2016, after which, if positive, the project will go into a bankable feasibility... 

Drilling services provider secures NGL contract

17th October 2014 Integrated exploration drilling services, equipment and performance tooling provider Boart Longyear was awarded a contract in August this year for drilling services at the renewable energy company Magnum’s Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) Storage project at the Western Energy Hub, in Utah, in the US.... 

Exploration team achieves LTIF milestone

By: David Oliveira     17th October 2014 The exploration team at a brownfield project, near mining major Anglo American iron-ore business unit Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela mine, in the Northern Cape, reached 670 lost-time injury-free days (LTIF) at the start of last month, confirms drilling and grouting services provider Rosond. “This is... 

Exploration team achieves LTIF milestone
Photo by Rosond
PERCUSSION DRILL RIG Rosond has 27 drill rigs at a brownfield exploration project near Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela mine, including a persussion drill rig

Exploration conference takes place next month

By: David Oliveira     17th October 2014 Strategic conferences, training courses and customised training solutions provider the Institute for International Research (IIR) South Africa is hosting the third yearly Junior Mining & Exploration Exhibition & Conference, which will take place at the Campus, in Bryanston, Johannesburg, from... 

Exploration conference takes place next month
Photo by Duane Daws
INVESTOR CONFIDENCE? There is currently a lack of investor confidence in the South African mining industry, with junior miners being affected the most

Kitumba progresses to DFS

By: David Oliveira     17th October 2014 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) is currently under way at Australia-based resources company Blackthorn Resources’ Kitumba copper project, in Zambia.  Fieldwork in support of the DFS is expected to be complete by the end of the year. This follows the optimised prefeasibility study (PFS)... 

Kitumba progresses to DFS
KITUMBA HILL About 85 000 m of drilling has been completed at Kitumba and the region around the current mineral resource area

Company exhibits ability for remote exploration and drilling

By: Jonathan Rodin     24th January 2014 Remote Exploration Services (RES) and Remote Drilling Services (RDS), both part of exploration and mining firm MS Group, will be exhibiting its ability to implement and fully support exploration and drilling projects in the most remote areas in Africa at the 2014 Investing in African Mining... 

Conference to look at success strategies in the junior mining sector

18th October 2013 The second yearly Junior Mining and Exploration Conference, which will run from November 5 to 7 at The Forum, in Bryanston, Johannesburg, will this year aim to further promote investment, development, growth and sustainability in the Southern African mining sector. Focusing particulary on junior... 

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