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Iron-ore Mining

Solid results, despite Covid-19

4th December 2020 Openpit mining company Afrimat released its interim results for the six months ending on August 31, in October. The group, which has built up a track record of “excellence in small-scale mining and materials supply”, delivered solid results despite the effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic. As... 

MBE Minerals SA

4th December 2020 Increasing throughput and decreasing maintenance in the iron ore sector  In a tightening economy the focus shifts to maximised return on investment. Increasing beneficiation process outputs whilst simultaneously adhering to safety regulations and minimising maintenance can be challenging. 

MBE Minerals SA

OLI South Africa

4th December 2020 We are surely living in some strange times. We are all forced to adapt to the changes and challenges needed to cope with 2020 and most companies are trying to find new ways to operate and to ensure their survival. 

OLI South Africa

Stilted supply boosts price

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     4th December 2020 In the past year, the price of iron-ore has recovered quite well, mainly on the back of constrained supply in South America and the economic recovery in China, with the latter driving consumption, explains international commodities consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. She notes that there... 

Stilted supply boosts price
HEALTHY COMPETITION South Africa has competition from India, which is increasing its supplies to China.

Kumba’s sustainability drive fosters shared value

4th December 2020 Iron-ore producer Kumba Iron Ore presented its sustainability performance last month, as reported by Mining Weekly Online. At the time, Kumba CE Themba Mkhwanazi said: “Sustainability is at the heart of who we are at Kumba and core to what we do. We recognise that a sustainability mindset,... 

Kumba’s sustainability drive fosters shared value
THEMBA MKHWANAZI Sustainability is at the heart Kumba's activities

Chinese steel industry could jeopardise project

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     4th December 2020 The Chinese steel industry is close to peaking, as it is expected to exceed one-billion tons in 2020; consequently, analysts predict that iron-ore consumption in China will plateau and decline, owing to the abundance of scrap in the country. Commodities consultancy Roskill steel alloys principal... 

Chinese steel industry could jeopardise project
DROP IN THE OCEAN Covid-19 has had a small impact on the iron-ore market, with South Africa experiencing some disruption

Revathi Equipment Limited

24th July 2020 India’s leading blast hole drill manufacturer enters the African Market   Revathi Equipment Limited (REL) is India’s leading manufacturer of high power range of blast hole drills for mining and construction, water well, exploratory drill rigs, and allied products for more than four decades.  

Revathi Equipment Limited

Sacred site destruction demonstrates industry's need to improve corporate citizenship

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 Diversified miner Rio Tinto's destruction of a 46 000-year-old sacred Aboriginal site in the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara – which occurred in last month following a misunderstanding during the extension of the Brockman 4 iron-ore mine – demonstrates the adverse environmental and cultural impact... 

Sacred site destruction demonstrates industry's need to improve corporate citizenship
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT Devastation left in the wake of a tailings dam burst owned by Vale and BHP Billiton in Mariana, Brazil

Miner steps up Covid-19 fight

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 Global miner Anglo American’s iron-ore company Kumba Iron Ore has ramped up its readiness to respond to the expected increase in Covid-19 cases among its employees and host communities. 

Miner steps up  Covid-19 fight
Photo by Kumba Iron Ore
THEMBA MKHWANAZI We believe that we are ready to support our people and communities through a range of quarantine and isolation sites

Iron-ore-rich Guinea shows much potential

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 With Guinea not being a producer of iron-ore as yet, the major challenge for its projects – which are under consideration, owing to changing supply-and-demand dynamics – pertains to the evolution of investors’ commitments in response to the iron-ore price. 

Iron-ore-rich Guinea shows much potential
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WEST SIDE LOOKING UP Guinea is likely to increase its revenue gained from mining more rapidly than from other economic activities

Africa’s iron-ore sector largely unexplored – consultant

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 Mining projects in Africa, particularly those in the iron-ore sector, require deep pockets, lengthy feasibility studies and complementary infrastructure assets, such as efficient logistics channels, to get products from mine to markets. 

Africa’s iron-ore sector largely unexplored – consultant
Photo by Kumba Iron Ore
LOCAL IS LEKKER China imports some of its iron-ore for its steel manufacturing and construction industries from producers in the Northern Cape, such as Kumba Iron Ore

Leopard Lock

24th January 2020 The Leopard Lock from DPS March is the ultimate container lock, significantly mitigating the risk of transporting goods. Since 2010, more than 250 000 containers and trailers have been secured by the Leopard Lock, with an average of over 2 000 containers and trailers secured a month in Southern... 

Leopard Lock

Region recovery under way after dam collapse

6th December 2019 Iron-ore mining major Vale is still focused on the recovery of the region of Brumadinho, in Brazil, in addition to prioritising actions to manage development of the town and other affected territories, which include Barão de Cocais, Itabirito, and Macacos. Over the past nine months – since the... 

Region recovery  under way after  dam collapse
Photo by Reuters
VALLEY OF DEATH The death and destruction caused by the Brumadinho tailings dam collapse was nothing short of tragic

Automated tech implemented at iron-ore project

6th December 2019 The trial of the Smart Mine technology project at iron-ore mining company Sokolov-Sarbai Mining Production Association’s (SSGPO’s) Kacharsky opencast site has been successful. SSGPO, a subsidiary of international metals and mining conglomerate Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), says that it plans to... 

Automated tech implemented at  iron-ore project
SMART MINE The Kacharsky site is now home to a range of intelligent solutions that help improve efficiency

Imminent trade war truce positive for iron-ore

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2019 Economic research institute Afriforesight expects the US and China to reach a trade war “truce” near the end of the year, providing some support for iron-ore. This anticipated resolution of the trade war is expected to have a positive effect on economic activity in general, including for steel... 

Imminent trade war truce positive for iron-ore
IRONING OUT THE ISSUES The resolution of the US/China trade war should mean an improvement for economic activity

Nearing zero fatality milestone

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2019 Coal and iron-ore miner Exxaro Resources is making a final push to achieve its goal of being fatality free for three consecutive years. To better ensure that milestones like this can be reached, the mining company launched its Khetha Ukuphepha – Zulu for Choose Safety – campaign at its conneXXion... 

Nearing zero fatality milestone
DR JOSEPH MATJILA We believe that zero harm is possible

Opportunities abound in uncertain iron-ore market

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2019 Where some might see cause for concern, mining services provider Ukwazi business development director Spencer Eckstein believes that the uncertain future of iron-ore demand and pricing could mean opportunity. Some of this uncertainty is exemplified by the announcement last month of the proposed... 

Opportunities abound in uncertain iron-ore market
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BALLS OF STEEL Pelletised iron is made from waste dust and can be used in the manufacture of steel

Kumba leading production output in South African iron-ore sector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th July 2019 Diversified mining major Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore is dominating the local iron-ore sector, says research and consulting company Roskill. Kumba’s 2018 iron-ore production was 43-million tonnes, with its Sishen mine accounting for 29-million tonnes and the Kolomela mine accounting for... 

Kumba leading production output in South African iron-ore sector
KEY ADVANTAGE Kumba’s key competitive advantage is its high lump production ratio of 68%

Rigorous technology uptake could aid SA iron-ore market

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th July 2019 The integration of technology into the iron-ore industry will reduce costs and improve the overall competitiveness of the sector in South Africa, suggests analysis and consultancy company Fitch Solutions senior commodities analyst Sabrin Chowdhury. High production costs – owing to depleting... 

Rigorous technology uptake could aid SA iron-ore market
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HIGHER GRADE The Simandou deposit, in Guinea, offers iron-ore with an estimated grade higher than 60%

MBE Minerals

26th July 2019 As a leading supplier of minerals beneficiation technology to the African mining sector, MBE Minerals SA has an impressive reference base of successful installations in the region. The company has been active on the continent for well over 40 years.  The company’s skilled engineers receive... 

MBE Minerals

Reduced output leads to increased iron-ore price

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th July 2019 The iron-ore price has been on the rise since the end of last year, mainly because of production shortages, as miners have reduced their output over the past few years, says international commodities consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. This is also owing to the high steel demand in the... 

Reduced output leads to increased iron-ore price
LARA SMITH South Africa is not really competitive in the iron-ore market or in many of its other major commodities

Producer to invest $1-billion in Brazil port

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th July 2019 Diversified natural resources producer Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) plans to invest about $1-billion in the Porto Sul project, in Brazil, during the construction period. The port will be able to handle more than 40-million tonnes a year of iron-ore, with facilities to handle future grain... 

Producer to invest $1-billion in Brazil port
PEDRA DE FERRO Eurasian Resources Group's Pedra de Ferro iron-ore project will make Bahia the third largest iron-ore producer in Brazil

Researcher forecasts a consistent price for iron-ore

7th December 2018 Macroeconomic researcher Fitch Solutions – formerly known as BMi Research – has maintained its average iron-ore price forecast for 2018 at $6.0/t. However, despite the recent August rally – which stemmed from a combination of stocking up of ore by Chinese steel producers as low-grade polluting... 

Researcher forecasts  a consistent price  for iron-ore
HARD TO PORT Ore ready for export at the Saldanha Port

Manufacturer ensures top quality screens for iron-ore sector

By: Shannon de Ryhove     7th December 2018 Vibrating and original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) and supplier Kwatani has successfully custom-engineered and manufactured about 1 000 of its robust vibrating screens and feeders in the iron-ore sector in South Africa to date, while more than 15 000 units have been shipped into 35 countries... 

Manufacturer ensures top quality screens for iron-ore sector
Photo by Kwatani
PARTNERSHIP Kwatani can design and manufacture solutions to suit the precise requirements of an iron-ore mine as well as scientifically monitor and measure its performance

Asset flexibility strategy to deliver value

27th July 2018 Metal and mining corporation Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore business aims to continue to deliver superior value for its shareholders by developing greater flexibility across its system of mines, rails and ports in Western Australia so that it is capable of dynamically responding to changes in market and... 

Asset flexibility strategy to deliver value
OPENING UP THE BOTTLENECK Rio Tinto plans to ensure its rail infrastructure is able to handle mine capacity by the end of next year

Iron-ore processing requires stronger equipment

By: Paige Müller     27th July 2018 Materials handling wear solutions company Rio-Carb’s turnkey liner solutions are “ideal” for reducing the regular and costly maintenance required by iron-ore processing facilities, says Rio-Carb director Sias Suurd. He tells Mining Weekly that iron-ore is particularly demanding on processing... 

Iron-ore processing requires stronger equipment
ABRASIVE MATERIALS Rio-Carb’s range of Chromium Carbide liners is suited to handle abrasive materials such as iron-ore

Mine opens education centre for local community

27th July 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore opened the Sishen Education Centre at Tamaga Lodge, situated on the Sishen Nature Reserve, outside Kathu in the Northern Cape as part of its celebration of World Environment Day, in June.  The Northern Cape Provincial Government Gazette declared... 

Mine opens  education centre for local  community
ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERIENCE Kumba Iron Ore believes that an environmental education centre will allow school learners and tertiary students to experience nature and learn in a natural environment

New iron-ore mine showing profitability

By: Paige Müller     27th July 2018 Relative newcomer to the South African iron-ore industry, industrial minerals and construction materials group Afrimat, states that its new Demaneng iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape is starting to show profitability, bolstering Afrimat’s diversification strategy into bulk commodities. Afrimat... 

New iron-ore mine  showing profitability
MINE TURNAROUND Demaneng Iron Ore has started to show a profit under Afrimat management

SA iron-ore industry struggles more than most

By: Paige Müller     27th July 2018 The outlook for the South African iron-ore industry remains “bleak”, owing to stagnant local economic growth, a negative local investment environment and a significant drop in global demand for iron-ore, says commodities market analysis firm Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. She emphasises that the... 

SA iron-ore industry struggles more than most
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AFFECTED PRODUCTION China’s attempt to curb harmful emission levels has resulted in reduced steel production, which is negatively impacting on global iron-ore imports

Global iron-ore growth to be modest

8th December 2017 Global iron-ore production will grow modestly, with mine restarts and expansions predicted in Brazil and India, boosting production, predicts international market research firm BMI Research. However, output growth in China will decline on the back of falling ore grades and high production costs,... 

Global iron-ore growth to be modest
MODEST GROWTH BMI predicts that the iron-ore sector will grow modestly in 2018

South African equipment company supplies iron-ore giant

8th December 2017 South Africa-based process equipment sales and supply company MIP Process Technologies has landed a contract to supply equipment to global iron-ore giant Ehya Sepahan, which has operations in the Middle East, most notably Iran. Ehya Sepahan CEO Hadi Golzar and technical and planning manager... 

South African equipment company supplies iron-ore giant
Photo by Duane Daws
STEEL COMMITMENTS Half of Ehya Sepahan’s iron-ore is consumed by the steelmaking industry
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