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Junior Mining

Specialised miller grinds down challenges

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd June 2022 Specialised milling and base minerals processor African Pegmatite uses its 50 years of experience in milling and grinding to meet customer requirements while mitigating various industry challenges using creative solutions and its honed milling knowledge. The company prepares minerals that cannot... 

Specialised Milling by African Pegmatite

20th June 2022 African Pegmatite has been at the forefront of toll milling and the grinding of all types of products since 1971.  Specialising in the milling of dark materials such as iron ore, manganese, chrome, slag and many others, African Pegmatite uses state-of-the-art, in-house, custom equipment to... 

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Junior mining regulations need to be amended, says law firm

By: Nadine Ramdass     20th May 2022 Regulations impacting on junior miners must be amended to address the unique challenges and needs of the various types of miners currently classified as juniors, says law firm Beech Veltman CEO Warren Beech. Through more targeted regulations and a streamlined application process, the junior... 

An image of Beech Veltman CEO Warren Beech
WARREN BEECH Targeted regulations can assist the junior mining sector in growth

Southern Africa deemed highly prospective for diamonds

By: Nadine Ramdass     20th May 2022 Diamond exploration and project development company Botswana Diamonds regards Southern Africa as one of the most prospective destinations for diamonds globally. The Kalahari region of Botswana has potential for a new diamond mine, while the Thorny River project, in Limpopo, South Africa, has... 

An image of Botswana Diamonds MD JAMES CAMPBELL
JAMES CAMPBELL Botswana has a long legacy of successful diamond mining

Exploration sector has not received enough investment

By: Nadine Ramdass     20th May 2022 The specialised exploration sector in South Africa has not been fully developed or invested in, which has resulted in the junior mining sector mainly comprising of medium-sized producers as opposed to specialised exploration companies, explains mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council... 

GRANT MITCHELLThe exploration sector needs to have a regulatory environment geared towards its growth
GRANT MITCHELLThe exploration sector needs to have a regulatory environment geared towards its growth

Good future prospects for juniors

By: Anna Moross     21st May 2021 Junior mining companies face many challenges, but new technological developments and a strong recovery in most commodity prices could boost the sector going forward, says mining and minerals advisory firm Fraser McGill co-founder Cobus Fraser. 

COBUS FRASER
The need and propensity to do things differently, coupled with higher commodity prices and positive market sentiment, enables juniors to approach the market with more confidence
COBUS FRASER The need and propensity to do things differently, coupled with higher commodity prices and positive market sentiment, enables juniors to approach the market with more confidence

Future growth of juniors a growing possibility

By: Anna Moross     21st May 2021 Through support and its involvement in policy, mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa has contributed significantly over the past year to ensure the future growth of and investment in junior mining, says Minerals Council South Africa Junior and Emerging Miners’ Desk... 

GRANT MITCHELL
Minerals Council South Africa highlights challenges that need to be overcome to ensure a positive mining cycle
GRANT MITCHELL Minerals Council South Africa highlights challenges that need to be overcome to ensure a positive mining cycle

Junior makes diamond discovery

By: Anna Moross     21st May 2021 Diamond exploration and development company Botswana Diamonds has “moved the dial” in its exploration of the Frischgewaagt area in Limpopo where it has extended its search for kimberlite pipes or blows, says Botswana Diamonds CEO James Campbell. 

CORE SITE 
The goal in this exploration by Botswana Diamonds is to firm up the geological model of both sites, with further work based on the results of the core drilling
CORE SITE The goal in this exploration by Botswana Diamonds is to firm up the geological model of both sites, with further work based on the results of the core drilling

Potential hampered by regulatory hurdles

By: Anna Moross     21st May 2021 The junior mining sector’s potential growth and development is being hampered by the onerous requirements of South Africa’s mining and mineral laws that make it difficult for juniors to apply for prospecting and mining rights, and secure funding to develop and operate mines, says Beech Veltman... 

WARREN BEECH
South Africa’s junior mining sector is growing, and can contribute even more to the country’s growth, development and transformation, with appropriate support
WARREN BEECH South Africa’s junior mining sector is growing, and can contribute even more to the country’s growth, development and transformation, with appropriate support

SSC Group

21st May 2021 Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (Pty) Ltd (SSC Group) is a diversified, operating, minerals and investment group. It is a fully-accredited Level 1 Black-owned company, which was founded in 2005 by mining entrepreneur, and former Head of Trans-formation at Anglo American Platinum Limited,... 

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Organisers expect virtual success to continue

By: Anna Moross     21st May 2021 The Junior Indaba will be held virtually on June 1 and 2, owing to the continuing impact of Covid-19, with Joburg Indaba organisers Resources 4 Africa stating that the transition to the online platform has been “surprisingly smooth”, says CEO Paula Munsie. 

PAULA MUNSIE
The Junior Indaba is delighted to have 11 showcase presentations featuring a variety of junior projects across Africa
PAULA MUNSIE The Junior Indaba is delighted to have 11 showcase presentations featuring a variety of junior projects across Africa

Event organisers adopt flexible approach

By: Darren Parker     22nd May 2020 This year’s Junior Indaba is one of many conferences that have been postponed because of the international Covid-19 crisis, and although a new date has been set for November 3 and 4, the organisers have to remain flexible and adaptable to an uncertain and unprecedented set of circumstances.... 

UP FOR DISCUSSION
Conference proceedings and panel discussions at the upcoming Junior Indaba might have to take place virtually
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UP FOR DISCUSSION Conference proceedings and panel discussions at the upcoming Junior Indaba might have to take place virtually

Pandemic survivors among juniors will face new reality

By: Darren Parker     22nd May 2020 The impact of Covid-19 and the consequent national lockdown on junior miners is likely to be devasting, mining services provider Ukwazi Mining business development director Spencer Eckstein tells Mining Weekly. However, he believes that survivors in the real economy will occupy a vastly different... 

PROPER PROTECTION
Juniors have to issue proper personal protection equipment and train workers in the appropriate use thereof
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PROPER PROTECTION Juniors have to issue proper personal protection equipment and train workers in the appropriate use thereof

Juniors reach out for government support

By: Darren Parker     22nd May 2020 A survey of about 25 junior miners, who are members of the Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners desk, conducted by the desk last month, showed that the majority of juniors intended to pay full wages for the first two weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown – docking it as paid leave –... 

THE JUNIOR AND EMERGING MINERS DESK
Alex Khumalo, Errol Smart and Grant Mitchell discuss junior mining at the Investing in African Mining Indaba
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THE JUNIOR AND EMERGING MINERS DESK Alex Khumalo, Errol Smart and Grant Mitchell discuss junior mining at the Investing in African Mining Indaba

Juniors should look for opportunities amid crisis

By: Darren Parker     22nd May 2020 While junior and emerging miners are experiencing tough times, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and consequent national lockdown, Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners forum chairperson and board representative Errol Smart says juniors and emerging miners should stop “licking... 

ERROL SMART
Juniors need to stop licking their wounds and start looking for opportunities
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ERROL SMART Juniors need to stop licking their wounds and start looking for opportunities

Menar’s Canyon Coal confident of new licence while due diligence continues on thermal coal assets being offloaded, but admits Coronavirus likely to cause drastic price falls

22nd May 2020 Local coal miner Canyon Coal, which is controlled by mining investment company Menar, has applied for a new water use licence (WUL), in terms of the National Water Act, to develop its De Wittekrans coal project. De Wittekrans has an environmental authorisation, a mining right and a WUL. The... 

Menar’s Canyon Coal confident of new licence while due diligence continues on thermal coal assets being offloaded, but admits Coronavirus likely to cause drastic price falls

Acute understanding of regulations key for success

22nd May 2020 Strategic advisory and legal services firm Inmiso Consulting director Robert Botha believes that successful delivery of large mining, construction and energy projects requires an acute understanding and timeous incorporation of all applicable regulatory requirements during the project development... 

Capital efficiency approach leverage for junior miners

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 Project solutions and engineering provider Wood PLC looks forward to participating in positive investment trends in the local junior mining sector, with the company’s capital efficiency approach designed to assist junior miners in leveraging their limited resources. The approach consists of a... 

Standby power in demand for off-grid juniors

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 Junior miners create demand for generators and standby power, as they are often off-grid in the project startup phase yet aim to start generating revenue from their mine resource as soon as possible, says generator manufacturer HIMOINSA Southern Africa. It is imperative that juniors should have... 

Demand for ICT services from juniors on the rise

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 As there is a new wave of junior miners being established in Africa, this brings with it a significant demand for information and communications technology (ICT) services. Information technology, consulting and business processes services supplier Wipro has been engaging continually with clients... 

MARLEZE VAN LOGGERENBERG 
It is important that junior miners deploy ICT providers who have sufficient mining experience
MARLEZE VAN LOGGERENBERG It is important that junior miners deploy ICT providers who have sufficient mining experience

Joint development for Madaouela uranium project

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 Canadian mineral resources company GoviEx and the government of Niger have agreed on a framework to jointly develop GoviEx’s flagship Madaouela uranium project. The project is situated 9 km south-east of the mining town of Arlit, in the Agadez region. The Madaouela project tenement land surface... 

GAINING TRACTION
Uranium continues to offer value and gain traction in certain regions
GAINING TRACTION Uranium continues to offer value and gain traction in certain regions

Junior Indaba sponsor looks forward to engaging juniors

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 Mining and minerals advisory company Fraser McGill will, for the first time, sponsor the Junior Indaba this year, which will be held at the Country Club Johannesburg, in Auckland Park, from June 4 to 5. “As our business is specifically geared towards juniors, the demand and acceptance from them... 

How is South Africa supporting mining exploration and its junior mining industry?

24th May 2019 In jurisdictions with depleting reserves, mining exploration can be the catalyst for future economic growth and business opportunity. Yet whenever the mining industry experiences a downturn, exploration spending usually plummets. 

How is South Africa supporting mining exploration and its junior mining industry?

Menar looking for more opportunities in South African coal mining sector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 Mining investment company Menar, as a part of recently formed coal mining investment company Sibambene Coal, a 51% black-owned company, is looking for opportunities in the South African coal sector. 

Mining Charter III sets tone for juniors’ revival

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 Following reflection on Mining Charter III, which is seen as a “positive game-changer” and a shift in the local political landscape, discussions at this year’s Junior Indaba will be tailored around ‘the revival of the junior’ and the prospects of achieving a thriving industry. The conference for... 

Solid support for mining entrepreneurs

24th May 2019 Project delivery company Worley is leading the way in mining technology in southern Africa with swift technological advancements that match the requirements of a new digital age. The global professional services provider is uniquely positioned to assist junior miners in creating cost-effective,... 

Worley MM&M senior VP for the EMEA region Denver Dreyer
Worley MM&M senior VP for the EMEA region Denver Dreyer

Ivanhoe Mines’ SA, DRC projects progressing well

25th May 2018 Canadian mining exploration and development company Ivanhoe Mines’ Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) exploration team is continuing with its regional drilling programme that is targeting the Kamoa-Kakula-style copper mineralisation on its exploration licences in the west of the Kamoa-Kakula... 

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT Ivanhoe Mines is advancing its Platreef platinum/palladium/nickel/copper/gold discovery in South Africa
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT Ivanhoe Mines is advancing its Platreef platinum/palladium/nickel/copper/gold discovery in South Africa

African Sun Mining pursues opportunities at Junior Indaba

By: Donald Makhafola     25th May 2018 Owing to the current high prices of commodities, wholly black-owned, Pretoria-based opencast mining contractor African Sun Mining hopes to liaise with mining companies, which are prepared to start new projects, during this year’s Junior Indaba to be held from June 5 to 6 at the Johannesburg... 

SERVICE OFFERING African Sun Mining offers a full package of opencast mining services
SERVICE OFFERING African Sun Mining offers a full package of opencast mining services

East Africa Metals continues to explore Ethiopia

25th May 2018 Mineral exploration company East Africa Metals will continue to explore highly prospective areas in the immediate vicinity of the Terakimti gold project, Mato Bula copper and Da Tambuk gold deposit areas, in Ethiopia. This work will be concurrent with an on-going development review and assessment... 

Galane Gold extends exploration in Botswana

25th May 2018 Southern Africa-focused gold producer Galane Gold has completed additional exploration drilling at the Tau underground gold mine in Botswana as part of its strategy to continue to delineate the extension of Tau at depth to further expand its potential resource. "The decision to move to... 

EXPANSION Galane Gold anticipates  first production at the Galaxy mine in the first quarter of 2019
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EXPANSION Galane Gold anticipates first production at the Galaxy mine in the first quarter of 2019

Junior miners could successfully navigate challenges in changing energy, resources market

25th May 2018 Recovering commodity prices, renewed optimism in the mining sector, and diversified ownership of Tier 1 mining companies are opening up opportunities for emerging and junior miners to enter the industry, says engineering consultancy company WorleyParsons RSA CEO Denver Dreyer. He explains that... 

DENVER DREYER The biggest challenge that junior miners face is access to funding
DENVER DREYER The biggest challenge that junior miners face is access to funding
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