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Mining in Namibia

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... 

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


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... 


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... 

Consultancy implements responsible, sustainable practices for tailings facilities
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... 

Namibia mining sector  is investor friendly
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),... 

New directive will  affect mining vessels  off the shore of Namibia
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... 

30 000 t/y output in  three years targeted
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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... 

Three main challenges facing sector
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... 

South African wear solutions specialist  appoints Namibian sales agent
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... 

Growing need for rental service in Namibia
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.  

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

Husab fuel facility to showcase capabilities for mining sector

13th May 2016 Fuels, lubricants and oil-based products producer and marketer Engen Petroleum was scheduled to complete the construction of a fuel storage and dispensing facility at the Husab uranium project, in Namibia, in late March.  

Husab fuel facility to showcase capabilities  for mining sector
POWERFUL PROSTECTS Once in full production, the Husab uranuim mine will be one of the largest in the world

Confidence in Namib project builds despite drill rig issues

13th May 2016 Aim-quoted mineral resource exploration and development company North River Resources notes that reliability issues with drill rigs at its Namib project, in Namibia, have put pressure on the scheduled completion of the project’s drilling campaign by end June.  

Confidence in Namib project builds despite drill rig issues
DRILLING DEVELOPMENTS The contracted Diamec rig at the Namib project continues to be used for longer drill holes, while the company’s Kempe drill continues with shallower infill and extension targets

Aukum exclusive prospecting licence conditionally renewed

13th May 2016 Graphite exploration and development stage company Next Graphite has received the conditional renewal of its exclusive prospecting licence for its Aukam property, in southern Namibia.  

Rössing mineworker health study under way

13th May 2016 Namibian uranium producer Rössing Uranium is undertaking a “comprehensive epidemiological study” of former and current employees of the Rössing mine, in the Namib desert, which has been planned since 2011.  

Rössing mineworker health study under way
DETERMINING RISK The aim of the Rössing mine's epidemiological study is to determine whether there is an excess work-related cancer risk

Event heads back to Swakopmund, Namibia

13th May 2016 The African leg of mining software developer and provider Hexagon Mining’s MineQuest 2016, the company’s global user event series, will be hosted by Namibia in Swakopmund from June 22 to 24.  

Uranium becoming a spearhead of Namibian mining

By: Dylan Stewart     15th May 2015 Uranium has played a leading role in driving the Namibian mining industry, says audit, tax and advisory service provider KPMG Namibia senior partner Robert Grant. 

Uranium mine feasibility study yields even more positive results

By: Dylan Stewart     15th May 2015 The feasibility study for Canadian uranium exploration and development company Forsys Metals’ wholly owned Norasa project, in Namibia, has found the project’s mineral reserves to be higher than initially expected, confirming the economic viability of the project. 

$782m zinc project investment approved

15th May 2015 Diversified mining company Vedanta Resources, in November last year approved $782-million in investment over a three year period, to fund the conversion of the Skorpion Zinc refinery in Namibia, and to develop an openpit zinc mine in Gamsberg, South Africa. 

Rare earths prospecting licence renewed

15th May 2015 Rare earths exploration company Namibia Rare Earths (NRE) announced on December 1, 2014 that Namibia’s Ministry of Mines has renewed its Lofdal rare earths project’s exclusive prospecting licence for a further two years. 

Rare earths prospecting licence renewed
SPECIAL STRATEGY Rare earths have been deemed 'strategic minerals' by the Namibia government

Chamber of Mines to hold yearly mining expo and conference

By: Dylan Stewart     15th May 2015 The Namibia Chamber of Mines is set to host its yearly mining expo and conference on May 20 and May 21. 

Namibia most attractive African resource destination

15th May 2015 Namibia is now considered the most attractive African country for mineral resource investment, according to research and education organisation The Fraser Institute’s Annual Survey of Mining Companies 2014. 

Gold mine achieves first commercial production

15th May 2015 Vancouver-based gold producer G2Gold’s Otjikoto gold mine, 300 km north of Windhoek, had its first month of commercial production in March this year. 

Contractor, training organisation sign Memo of Understanding

15th May 2015 The collaboration between vocational training organisation the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) and mining, construction and engineering contractors Murray & Roberts Resources & Industrial and Murray & Roberts Electrical & Control Systems will enhance the involvement of Murray and Roberts at the... 

Contractor, training  organisation sign  Memo of Understanding
MILES SOFIJANIC By engaging local resources, the technical training also promotes operational excellence and the safe working environment in which Murray and Roberts operates

Namibia diamond producer fuels education

15th May 2015 In February this year diamond producer Namdeb Diamond Corporation was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Cooperative Education Unit (CEU) of tertiary education institute Polytechnic for exposing students to a real work environment under Polytechnic’s Work Integrated Learning programme. 

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