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Anglo American to decide fate of South African thermal coal assets this year

By: Reuters     4th February 2020 Global miner Anglo American will decide this year whether to sell its South African thermal coal business, CE Mark Cutifani told Reuters on Monday. Anglo American and other mining companies have come under growing pressure to reduce their exposure to coal because of concern over climate change.... 

AngloGold's Obuasi surges ahead

By: Kim Cloete     3rd February 2020 AngloGold Ashanti CEO Kelvin Dushinsky is upbeat about its Obuasi redevelopment project, in Ghana, with plans fully on track to ramp up production over the next year. AngloGoldAshanti (Ghana), a wholly subsidiary of AngloGold Ashanti, poured its first gold in December. Last week an event was held... 

Solar power overwhelming choice of self-generating mines – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2020 The new potential self-generation electricity projects being proposed by Minerals Council South Africa members are overwhelmingly solar power projects, along with some solar-diesel hybrid power projects for overnight operations, and “a little bit” of baseload coal. “The vast majority are... 

Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter
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Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Minister keen to get generation outside of Eskom going soonest  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe is keen to get electricity generation going outside of Eskom as fast as possible with a view to creating a competitive environment that will lower the cost of electricity. Speaking at a media conference at the Investing in African Mining... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Video: Minerals Council chairperson Mgojo talks about electricity self-generation 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd February 2020 Minerals Council South Africa chairperson Mxolisi Mgojo on Monday told delegates and media attending the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2020, in Cape Town, that the council had been speaking to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and... 

Video: Minerals Council chairperson Mgojo talks about electricity self-generation
Minerals Council South Africa chairperson Mxolisi Mgojo discusses electricity self-generation at the 2010 Investing in African Mining Indaba. Video and editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Anglo’s Cutifani stresses the need for sustainable mining  

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2020 Despite mining’s contribution to almost every aspect of modern life, the industry is still seen as an industry “that takes more than it gives”, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani lamented in his keynote address at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is taking place in Cape Town,... 

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani delivers his keynote address to delegates attending this year's Investing in Africa Mining Indaba. Source: Anglo American.

Video: Sierra Leone President addresses 2020 Mining Indaba 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd February 2020 Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio on Monday told delegates at the 2020 Investing in African Mining Indaba that the country was seeking to attract greater investment in its mining sector. He outlined the fiscal and legislative changes that had been introduced in the country in order to... 

Video: Sierra Leone President addresses 2020 Mining Indaba
Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio on Monday addressed delegates at the 2020 Investing in African Mining Indaba. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Mantashe eases constraints on mining companies' ability to generate own electricity   

By: Kim Cloete     3rd February 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has assured mining companies in South Africa they will be able to generate their own energy to counter severe energy constraints. He also on Monday announced that government would be talking to investors about establishing a generating company... 

Mantashe eases constraints on mining companies' ability to generate own electricity
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, says mining companies will be able to generate their own energy in the light of severe energy constraints. The announcement was received with great applause by thousands of delegates to the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Mining gathering must confront human rights violations, says Amnesty

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2020 Mining companies and their stakeholders, including investors, governments and politicians, must confront the human rights abuses that are rife in the industry, nongovernmental organisation Amnesty International said on Monday. The statement was issued as the yearly Investing in African Mining... 

Miners face funding squeeze as green investing surges

By: Reuters     3rd February 2020 As global investors shift away from heavy industry in favour of cleaner sectors, mining companies are losing billions in financing, raising the cost of capital and jeopardising projects. Making the mining industry more sustainable by running mines on renewable energy, for example, will be a key... 

Urgent steps needed to revive South Africa’s economy – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2020 Urgent steps are needed to revive the South African economy, Minerals Council South Africa chairperson Mxolisi Mgojo said on Monday. Speaking on the first day of the four-day Investing in African Mining Indaba, he said the Minerals Council was ready and willing to work with the government. 

Minerals Council chief economist Henk Langenhoven, chairperson Mxolisi Mgojo and CEO Roger Baxter at the 2020 Investing in African Mining Indaba.
Minerals Council chairperson Mxolisi Mgojo discusses low investor confidence in South Africa, while CEO Roger Baxter warns about the deterioration in security in the South African mining industry and how this is impacting on the sector and the economy. Video and editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

EU conflict minerals legislation set to strengthen

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2020 The European Union’s (EU’s) new conflict minerals regulation is due to come into force on January 1, 2021, almost four years after the text of the legislation was initially published in May 2017. Law firm Fieldfisher partners Laurent Ruessman, Jonathan Brooks and Andrew Hood say the new... 

EU conflict minerals legislation set to strengthen

Water atomiser can reduce silicosis risk

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 Mine ventilation equipment manufacturer Terramin is experiencing an uptick in demand for its Terrablast in-stope water-atomising device. Terramin CEO Martin van Schoor – who will be attending the Investing in African Mining Indaba this year, in Cape Town – believes that the uptick can, in part,... 

SPRAY AND PRAY
The adjustable Fagamanzi nozzle enables proper watering down in the hope that silica dust levels can be suppressed
SPRAY AND PRAY The adjustable Fagamanzi nozzle enables proper watering down in the hope that silica dust levels can be suppressed

No boom expected for battery metals

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 The battery metals market is not expected to show a significant upturn this year, says blasting solutions and explosives manufacturer BME Southern Africa operations GM Albie Visser. “We do not anticipate a massive increase. However, BME will follow the lead of the electronic vehicle (EV)... 

BATTERY EMPOWERMENT
In focus at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba is the leveraging of precious metals and battery metals to create economic stability and thriving communities
BATTERY EMPOWERMENT In focus at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba is the leveraging of precious metals and battery metals to create economic stability and thriving communities

Tool to improve mining project evaluation

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 The Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) is developing an automated tool to improve its assessment of the financial and credit strength of corporations, says ECIC COO Mandisi Nkuhlu. The tool can be used to assess mining companies as well, especially for small to... 

MANDISI NKUHLU
South African banks are still reluctant to provide financing for junior mining companies
MANDISI NKUHLU South African banks are still reluctant to provide financing for junior mining companies

Taking mining beyond 5D

24th January 2020 Global project and asset services provider Worley is taking digital design capabilities beyond five-dimensional (5D) modelling using building information modelling (BIM) as a means of digitally transforming the energy, chemicals and resources sectors. The digital age is ushering in change as new... 

SEVENTH HEAVEN
7D offers operational functionality for customer peace of mind in terms of due diligence in the commissioning process
SEVENTH HEAVEN 7D offers operational functionality for customer peace of mind in terms of due diligence in the commissioning process

Human-machine symbiosis to benefit mining

24th January 2020 The growing symbiosis between human and machine could deliver large-scale improvements to the mining sector, says mining technology platform Dwyka Mining Services CEO Jamie van Schoor. Van Schoor will be speaking at the Young Leaders in Mining Programme – part of the Investing in African Mining... 

JAMIE VAN SCHOOR
Dwyka Mining Services is focused on sourcing and deploying best-in-class technologies to solve the human and machine complexities of mining
JAMIE VAN SCHOOR Dwyka Mining Services is focused on sourcing and deploying best-in-class technologies to solve the human and machine complexities of mining

Celebrating 40 years of building local capacity

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 The establishment of motor and controls manufacturer WEG in a remote area of southern Brazil in 1961 prepared its South African subsidiary, Zest WEG Group, for its localisation journey. WEG has a history of benefiting from available local resources, developing local capacity and supply chains to... 

LOCAL INVESTMENT
Zest WEG has spent R25-million on skills development over the past three years
LOCAL INVESTMENT Zest WEG has spent R25-million on skills development over the past three years

Beneficiation plant wins international awards

24th January 2020 The wet processing solution designed and delivered by wet processing equipment manufacturer CDE, simultaneously won two awards in Australia and Ireland for exceptional achievement and resource productivity. In 2017, CDE commissioned two wet processing plants in South Australia to convert an... 

HARD WON
The company won two awards on the same night almost 10 000 miles apart
HARD WON The company won two awards on the same night almost 10 000 miles apart

Chamber hopes to extend health and safety project

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 The South African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (SAGCCI’s) Mine Health and Safety Project is heading into its third and final year this year. The project was initiated in 2018 as part of the SAGCCI’s Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources Southern Africa, which was... 

A HEALTHY TURNOUT
The Mine Health and Safety Project has had a successful run so far, warranting a renewal after 2020
A HEALTHY TURNOUT The Mine Health and Safety Project has had a successful run so far, warranting a renewal after 2020

Disruptive tech can take industry forward

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 Mining industry decision-makers need to be more disruptive in their thinking to successfully bring optimisation and investment to the increasingly digitised African mining sector, says transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) business development leader Shaun Combrinck. “Our... 

SHAUN COMBRINCK
Improved efficiency and safety are part and parcel of embracing disruptive technology
SHAUN COMBRINCK Improved efficiency and safety are part and parcel of embracing disruptive technology

Mechanised boring solutions making headway

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 The development of rock-boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling’s mobile tunnel borer (MTB) and shaft-boring system (SBS) technology is advancing, with the machinery expected to reduce project development times by three to four times, says Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius. “These... 

MTB TESTING Master Drilling is undertaking field testing of its mobile tunnel borer at platinum producer Northam Platinum’s Eland mine, in the North West
MTB TESTING Master Drilling is undertaking field testing of its mobile tunnel borer at platinum producer Northam Platinum’s Eland mine, in the North West

Change management key to digital success

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 When investing in digitalisation and automation, change management is one of the key challenges that needs to be addressed globally, and not only in the African mining industry, says global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology Southern Africa automation business line manager... 

AUTOMATION GENERATION
Part of the change management required is the need to upskill and reskill personnel
AUTOMATION GENERATION Part of the change management required is the need to upskill and reskill personnel

First tin concentrate shipped from Uis in 30 years

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 Tin miner AfriTin Mining successfully shipped its first tin concentrate from the newly recommissioned Uis tin mine, in Namibia, in November last year. It was the first tin concentrate shipped from the mine in about 30 years since the mine closed in 1990, following a tin price collapse. 

ANTHONY VILJOEN
Tin exceeds the growth prospects of other commodities
ANTHONY VILJOEN Tin exceeds the growth prospects of other commodities

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

FLSmidth

24th January 2020 FLSmidth is a leading provider of mineral processing and material handling technology and systems to the global mining industry. In keeping with its strategy of driving success through sustainable productivity enhancement, FLSmidth is founded on three fundamental values – competence, cooperation... 

FLSmidth

GEOTHETA

24th January 2020 Consulting geotechnical engineering company GEOTHETA offers a variety of geotechnical and civil engineering consulting services. Based in Randburg, South Africa, GEOTHETA operates all over the world, with appointments in South Africa, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Botswana,... 

GEOTHETA

Trafo Power Solutions

24th January 2020 Trafo Power Solutions was established to cater for the growing appetite and scope for the application of dry-type transformers in Africa. These power solutions are suitable across a wide range of industry including mining. The company offers a wide range of cast resin transformers from 160 kVA to... 

Trafo Power Solutions

Sintech

24th January 2020 Sintech proudly services and supports a range of high-quality, original-equipment products imported from around the globe such as: Industrial Clutch 

Sintech

Weba Chute Systems

24th January 2020 Effective transfer of materials in chutes is a pressing issue for all mines. With the spotlight firmly on increasing productivity through more effective discharge of materials, coupled with minimising downtime and maintenance, solutions are critical to sustainability. With over 4 000 transfer... 

Weba Chute Systems

Zest WEG Group

24th January 2020 Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has a strong commitment to contributing to the development of Africa and has been servicing the mining sector on the continent for more than 35 years. An in-depth understanding of the harsh conditions found... 

Zest WEG Group
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