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Mining in Namibia

Namibian chamber positive about 2022

By: Anna Moross     25th February 2022 While the Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on Namibia’s economy, industry organisation the Chamber of Mines of Namibia believes that the mining sector is well positioned to support the country in its economic recovery over the next two years.  

OEM’s screens support Namibian expansion

By: Simone Liedtke     25th February 2022 Namibia’s bustling mining scene is witnessing exciting expansion and technological innovation with original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Kwatani supplying five custom-designed and -manufactured mill discharge screens to a leading gold mining operation in the country. The screens were all custom... 

Kwatani’s single deck screen for gold mine in Namibia
INNOVATIVE SCREENING The single deck Kwatani screen manufactured for the gold mining industry

Investment into battery minerals increases

By: Anna Moross     25th February 2022 Namibia has consistently maintained its position as one of sub-Saharan Africa’s primary mining investment destinations, with increased investment in minerals such as cobalt, lithium and co 

An image of Warren Beech, CEO of Beech Veltman
WARREN BEECH Namibia’s increased investment in battery minerals is attributable to its extensive deposits and its stable and mature mining subsectors

Mine expansion cultivates positive community sentiment

By: Anna Moross     25th February 2022 Aim-listed mining company AfriTin Mining is implementing the expansion of its Phase 1 Uis tin mine operation in Namibia. The expansion will result in a 67% increase in monthly tin concentrate production, from 720 t/y to 1 200 t/y. 

An image of the Uis tin mine operation in Namibia
UIS OPERATION AfriTin Mining is implementing the expansion of its Phase 1 Uis tin mine operation in Namibi

Namibian emulsion plant opened

25th February 2022 Mines in Namibia can look forward to buying locally-manufactured, quality bulk emulsion when provider of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems Orica and Native Storage Facility opens a new ammonium nitrate emulsion (ANE) plant near Walvis Bay. 

Provider aims to create Namibian footprint

By: Anna Moross     25th February 2022 Mining sector training courses help to ensure increased safety, efficiency and productivity in the mining environment, and mining sector specialist training solutions company Prisma aims to launch itself in the Namibian mining industry this year, says Prisma MD Jacques Farmer.  

An image of Jacques Farmer, Prisma’s MD
JACQUES FARMER Prisma’s courses are customised to incorporate the mine’s operational standards and procedures, ensuring that a competent workforce becomes a safe, efficient and productive workforce

Namibia suspends new mining right applications

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th February 2021 The Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) will not consider or process new applications for mineral rights from November 18, 2020, to August 17, 2021,  the ministry said in a statement last year.   The reason is to enable the ministry to review requirements and procedures for right... 

BRYAN WHITE
Mining industry will grapple with the Covid-19 measures for some time, and notes that they have largely been normalised as part of mines’ work processes
BRYAN WHITE Mining industry will grapple with the Covid-19 measures for some time, and notes that they have largely been normalised as part of mines’ work processes

Uranium industry awaits price increase

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th February 2021 Despite the prolonged period of low uranium prices, wrought by the Fukushima tsunami and the subsequent oversupply caused by the shutdowns of nuclear power plants, the Namibian uranium sector, unlike those in other countries, has not stagnated, states Namibian Uranium Institute executive director... 

SAFETY FIRST
Radiation Safety Working Group inspecting final product transport at the Husab Mine
SAFETY FIRST Radiation Safety Working Group inspecting final product transport at the Husab Mine

Improved tailings disposal could reduce water use

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th February 2021 Namibia is a water-scarce country in most areas; therefore, minimising water consumption in ore processing is a focus area, especially for tailings disposal, which can account for over 50% of all new/fresh water used in processing, states engineering and environmental consulting firm Knight... 

FOR THE BETTER OF IT
The company assist several mining clients with water and waste management design for greenfield operations, as well as expansion plans for existing mines
FOR THE BETTER OF IT The company assist several mining clients with water and waste management design for greenfield operations, as well as expansion plans for existing mines

Policy review could improve investor confidence

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2020 Mining consulting firm The MSA Group is hoping that the review of Namibia’s Minerals (Prospecting and Mining) Act will enhance the country’s “friendliness” toward mining investors. The MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson says the 1992 legislation has been under review since 2018.... 

DRIVING INVESTMENT
Namibia’s reliable transport infrastructure, despite the remote nature of many sites of mineral interest, is attractive to investors
DRIVING INVESTMENT Namibia’s reliable transport infrastructure, despite the remote nature of many sites of mineral interest, is attractive to investors

OLI South Africa

21st February 2020 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product, has secured OLI’s position as the world’s top-selling supplier of electric external motovibrators.  Since its establishment as an industrial vibration technology company in 1961, OLI  has remained committed to... 

OLI South Africa

Namibian policy uncertainty a concern

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2020 A key issue creating uncertainty among Namibia’s mining investors is the non-deductibility of royalties and export levies for non-diamond mining, which was announced during the Namibian 2019/20 Budget Speech by Namibian Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein, presented to Namibia’s Parliament in... 

VESTON MALANGO
The effect of the non-deductibility of royalties is double taxation, which erodes project viability for new mines or planned expansion of activities
VESTON MALANGO The effect of the non-deductibility of royalties is double taxation, which erodes project viability for new mines or planned expansion of activities

Copperbelt spells opportunity for firm 

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2020 Superior, modern exploration techniques have resulted in a surge of interest in the Kalahari Copperbelt in recent years, with the uptick in the 2019 year-end copper price spurring exploration activity. The Kalahari Copperbelt, which is regarded as one of the world’s most promising underexplored... 

BELT OF POTENTIAL
The 1 000 km long Kalahari Copperbelt Is regarded as one of the world’s most promising underexplored copper provinces
BELT OF POTENTIAL The 1 000 km long Kalahari Copperbelt Is regarded as one of the world’s most promising underexplored copper provinces

Uranium sector improving

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2020 The Namibian uranium sector is under pressure, but Namibian Uranium Institute (NUI) executive director Dr Gabi Schneider believes that it is improving. “The sector is negatively impacted on by the low uranium price, but as the world builds new nuclear power plants, and with the realisation that... 

YELLOW FEVER
The targets of the Paris climate accord cannot be met without nuclear power generation, which means that the uranium demand is expected to rise
Photo by Bloomberg
YELLOW FEVER The targets of the Paris climate accord cannot be met without nuclear power generation, which means that the uranium demand is expected to rise

Namibian uranium industry prepares for uptick

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     22nd February 2019 Amid a depressed market and low uranium prices, the Namibian uranium industry is streamlining operations through process optimisation and undertaking additional exploration, to overcome these challenges and be prepared for when the market improves, says Namibian Uranium Institute (NUI) executive... 

AWAITING BETTER DAYS
Any development during 2019 depends entirely on and how quickly the uranium price continues its upward trend.
AWAITING BETTER DAYS Any development during 2019 depends entirely on and how quickly the uranium price continues its upward trend.

OLI South Africa

22nd February 2019 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product, has proved successful in establishing industrial vibration technology company OLI as the world’s top-selling supplier of electric external motovibrators.  OLI has been committed to delivering high-quality... 

OLI South Africa

Sintech

22nd February 2019 Established in Johannesburg in 1984, Sintech has supplied the South African market with clutches, brakes and engineering solutions for the past 35 years.  Sintech proudly services and supports original-equipment manufacturer products from around the globe, for a range of appli-cations in the... 

Sintech

Consultancy implements responsible, sustainable practices for tailings facilities

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     22nd February 2019 Multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consultancy Knight Piésold aims to improve project sustainability this year and lower the possible risks that can arise from tailings facilities. This includes regular inspections, geotechnical investigations  and necessary slope analysis, says... 

TESTS AND MORE TESTS
CPTu Style tests measuring friction and pore pressure during the sounding enables the company to interpret how consolidated the material is
TESTS AND MORE TESTS CPTu Style tests measuring friction and pore pressure during the sounding enables the company to interpret how consolidated the material is

Namibia mining sector is investor friendly

By: Victor Moolman     23rd February 2018 The Namibian mining sector has become more investor friendly than South Africa, as the country has clear policies that have been consistently applied, explains Sandton-based law firm Webber Wentzel partner Jonathan Veeran. Namibia has four policies governing mining and mineral prospecting: the... 

NEW IN NAMIBIA
Namibia has attracted investment in new mining ventures, including new uranium mines
Photo by Duane Daws
NEW IN NAMIBIA Namibia has attracted investment in new mining ventures, including new uranium mines

New directive will affect mining vessels off the shore of Namibia

By: Victor Moolman     23rd February 2018 In 2020, the International Maritime Organisation will implement a low sulphur fuel directive (LSFD) that will impact on the availability of fuel for ships and mining vessels off the coasts of African countries, including Namibia. The LSFD will require ships to use low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO),... 

BALANCING ACT
The adoption of low-sulphur fuel in much of Africa is a delicate balance between cost, responsibility and profitability
BALANCING ACT The adoption of low-sulphur fuel in much of Africa is a delicate balance between cost, responsibility and profitability

Welding Alloys South Africa

23rd February 2018 The loss of material owing to wear is costing the mining industry billions of dollars every year. Abrasive wear occurs when small pieces of material are forcefully removed from the surface of steel and other liners as feedstock passes through a chute, for example. Over time, the liner thickness... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

Uranium, diamonds present potential amid challenges

By: Kimberley Smuts     24th February 2017 The biggest potential for growth in the Namibian mining industry is uranium, notes professional services firm KPMG Namibia senior partner Robert Grant, highlighting that the country is facing tough economic conditions in addition to the impact of drought. He tells Mining Weekly that this growth... 

Canadian miner achieves record smelter production

24th February 2017 Canada-based international gold mining company Dundee Precious Metals’ (DPM’s) Tsumeb copper smelter, in Tsumeb, in Namibia, achieved record smelting production in December, with quarterly concentrate production also at a record high of 61 270 t, DPM said when it announced its mine and smelter... 

Otjikoto 2017 production guidance up on that of stellar year

24th February 2017 Canadian midtier gold producer B2Gold expects its Otjikoto gold mine, in Namibia, to produce between 165 000 oz and 175 000 oz of gold this year, compared with 166 285 oz produced in 2016, a record year for the mine, when its production guidance range was 160 000 oz to 170 000 oz. In achieving... 

30 000 t/y output in three years targeted

24th February 2017 Aim-listed copper mining company Weatherly International is targeting production in Namibia of 30 000 t/y within three years at a production cost of less than $2/lb with minimal capital expenditure (capex). This is according to the company’s November investor presentation in which it notes that... 

COPPER CATHODE Tschudi is producing 17 000 t/y of London Metal Exchange Grade A cathode for the next nine years at a C1 cost of $1.75/lb
Photo by Bloomberg
COPPER CATHODE Tschudi is producing 17 000 t/y of London Metal Exchange Grade A cathode for the next nine years at a C1 cost of $1.75/lb

Three main challenges facing sector

By: Johane Turkstra     24th February 2017 There are three main challenges facing the Namibian mining sector: rail services, water shortages and the introduction of policies that could stunt investment. Chamber of Mines of Namibia CEO Veston Malango tells Mining Weekly that these challenges will be key topics of discussion at the... 

LUCRATIVE SECTOR Mining accounts for 11.5% of gross domestic product, but provides more than 50% of foreign exchange earnings
LUCRATIVE SECTOR Mining accounts for 11.5% of gross domestic product, but provides more than 50% of foreign exchange earnings

South African wear solutions specialist appoints Namibian sales agent

24th February 2017 South African wear solutions specialist RioCarb has appointed a new sales agent in Namibia and is confident this will improve its customer service and product delivery, as well as rapidly grow its market share in the country this year. The chromium carbide (CrC) liner plate expert signed an... 

CRC PIPES Rio-Carb expects Wesco Engineering Services' knowledge of industry to afford it more opportunities to increase the supply of its R-C700 CrC wear plates and CrC pipes
CRC PIPES Rio-Carb expects Wesco Engineering Services' knowledge of industry to afford it more opportunities to increase the supply of its R-C700 CrC wear plates and CrC pipes

Growing need for rental service in Namibia

24th February 2017 Industrial equipment supplier and rental company Renttech South Africa has been meeting a growing demand for its rental equipment in Namibia’s mining industry, particularly its range of diesel generators and welding equipment.  The company reported in June that it had been supplying a major... 

GERRIT VAN ZYL Being able to offer on-site technical and project support for as long as required is an important part of Renttech’s customer service offering
GERRIT VAN ZYL Being able to offer on-site technical and project support for as long as required is an important part of Renttech’s customer service offering

Tantalite Valley mine shareholder appoints global supply-chain-savvy CEO

24th February 2017 Aim-listed investment company Kennedy Ventures, a shareholder in the Tantalite Valley mine (TVM), near Warmbad, in Namibia’s Karas region, appointed a new CEO whose knowledge of the international tantalum market is expected to facilitate future investments as the company grows. The company... 

RamPiping Systems

14th October 2016 High-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping fabricator, supplier and installation specialist RamPiping Systems has expanded its focus to include piping solutions from US-based supplier NOV Fiber Glass Systems (NOV FGS). Since being established in 2006, RamPiping’s main focus has been on HDPE, but... 

RamPiping Systems

Positive progress at Kombat copper mine

13th May 2016 Canadian exploration and development company Kombat Copper president and CEO Paul Bozoki is confident that the Kombat copper mine, in the Otavi Mountainlands of Namibia, will start production in late 2016 and begin generating cash flow for the company.  

CONFIDENT CONTRACTOR EBM is confident that it will meet the commissioning date of the production facilities at the Kombat copper mine
CONFIDENT CONTRACTOR EBM is confident that it will meet the commissioning date of the production facilities at the Kombat copper mine
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