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Iron-ore Mining

Explorer announces positive PFS results

3rd December 2021 Guinea-focused developer Société des Mines de Fer de Guinée (SMFG) chairperson Guy de Selliers and SMFG CEO Mamady Youla have announced the positive findings of its prefeasibility study (PFS) for the Nimba Iron Ore Project. 

Pelletising disc innovation reduces emissions

3rd December 2021 Screening, pelletising and primary crushing systems provider Haver & Boecker Niagara offers the Scarabaeus pelletising disc to enhance the productivity and profits of mining operations. The “cutting-edge” processing technology allows operations to sustainably produce iron-ore pellets by reducing... 

Picture of a scarabaeus pelletising disc
SCARABAEUS PELLETSING DISC Allows operations to sustainably produce iron ore pellets by reducing carbon dioxide emissions while providing heightened efficiency with a 97% production rate of pure iron

SA traders subjected to losses in iron-ore investments

By: Claire O'Reilly     3rd December 2021 South Africa often misses the most lucrative parts of boom markets, says African commodity market consultancy Core Consultants CEO Lara Smith. 

Picture of a hand holding pieces of iron ore
MISSED OPPORTUNITIES By the time SA tarders had finalised sales and purchase agreements, organised finance and port allocation, the prices started to trend downward

Equipment provider awarded BHP contract

3rd December 2021 Mining products and services provider Schlam announced last month that it had been awarded a multimillion-dollar national contract to supply its Hercules dump bodies to diversified miner BHP Minerals Australia. 

Picture of a dump bodie
HERCULES DUMP BODIES Schlam is extending its current contract with BHP West Australia Iron Ore (WAIO) site and is supplying new sites in Queensland and New South Wales

Key appointments for Kumba

23rd July 2021 Iron-ore mining company Kumba Iron Ore last month announced the appointment of Terence Goodlace to its board of directors as chairperson with effect from June 23, 2021. Goodlace has considerable mining experience and has served on the board for the last four years as an independent nonexecutive... 

Partnership drives decarbonisation through circular market ecosystem

23rd July 2021 Diversified major Rio Tinto and automation specialist Schneider Electric have signed a memorandum of understanding for a first of its kind collaboration to develop a circular and sustainable market ecosystem for both companies and their customers. This multi-product partnership will see Schneider... 

Company to deliver pelletising plant

23rd July 2021 Mining solutions provider Metso Outotec has signed a landmark contract for the delivery of an iron-ore beneficiation and travelling grate pelletising plant to an Africa-based project. The parties have agreed to not disclose the value of the contract.  

Exports could drive S Africa’s recovery

23rd July 2021 Exports could hold the key to South Africa’s economic recovery and growth. South Africa is experiencing a record trade surplus in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic with exports far outpacing imports, notes financial services provider Standard Bank. Recent data released by the South African... 

An image of Standard Bank executive trade and supply chain finance head Justin Milo
JUSTIN MILO South Africa’s mining production grew by 21.3% year-on-year in March 2021, beating market expectations of a 3.9% rise

Iron-ore price makes for positive outcomes

23rd July 2021 South African iron-ore miners are doing very well, with the iron-ore price currently at an all-time high, says portfolio manager, Mandi Dungwa, from specialist investment firm Kagiso Asset Management. Although China accounts for more than 65% of iron-ore demand – making it home to some of the... 

An image of Kagiso Asset Management portfolio manager Mandi Dungwa
MANDI DUNGWA South African iron-ore miners are doing very well, owing to the iron-ore price being at an all-time high

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... 

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

THEMBA MKHWANAZI
Sustainability is at the heart Kumba's activities
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... 

DROP IN THE OCEAN
Covid-19 has had a small impact on the iron-ore market, with South Africa experiencing some disruption
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... 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT 
Devastation left in the wake of a tailings dam burst owned by Vale and BHP Billiton in Mariana, Brazil
Photo by Reuters
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. 

THEMBA MKHWANAZI
We believe that we are ready to support our people and communities through a range of quarantine and isolation sites
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. 

WEST SIDE LOOKING UP
Guinea is likely to increase its revenue gained from mining more rapidly than from other economic activities
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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. 

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
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... 

VALLEY OF DEATH
The death and destruction caused by the Brumadinho tailings dam collapse was nothing short of tragic
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... 

SMART MINE
The Kacharsky site is now home to a range of intelligent solutions that help improve efficiency
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... 

IRONING OUT THE ISSUES
The resolution of the US/China trade war should mean an improvement for economic activity
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... 

DR JOSEPH MATJILA
We believe that zero harm is possible
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... 

BALLS OF STEEL
Pelletised iron is made from waste dust and can be used in the manufacture of steel
Photo by Bloomberg
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... 

KEY ADVANTAGE
Kumba’s key competitive advantage is its high lump production ratio of 68%
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... 

HIGHER GRADE
The Simandou deposit, in Guinea, offers iron-ore with an estimated grade higher than 60%
Photo by Bloomberg
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... 

LARA SMITH
South Africa is not really competitive in the iron-ore market or in many of its other major commodities
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... 

PEDRA DE FERRO
Eurasian Resources Group's Pedra de Ferro iron-ore project will make Bahia the third largest iron-ore producer in Brazil
PEDRA DE FERRO Eurasian Resources Group's Pedra de Ferro iron-ore project will make Bahia the third largest iron-ore producer in Brazil
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