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Mining Indaba

Bisie tin project on track for commissioning in H2

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Construction on tin exploration and mining company Alphamin Resources’ Bisie tin project, in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is about 90% complete and is on track for commissioning and first production in the second half of this year, says Alphamin Resources CEO Boris... 

More investment expected, despite policy uncertainty

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Political and regulatory uncertainty will continue in the lead-up to local elections and will impact on investment decisions in the mining industry, says law firm Hogan Lovells partner and mining head Warren Beech, but he believes that sentiment will improve in the third and fourth quarters. He... 

TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT
Mechanisation, automation, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence could present opportunities to reskill and upskill people to make mining operations safer
TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT Mechanisation, automation, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence could present opportunities to reskill and upskill people to make mining operations safer

Positive outlook for mining expected

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 There is a noticeably positive change in attitude in the mining sector with Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s showing signs of leading the sector towards a good recovery in 2019, says surface mining association Aspasa director Nico Pienaar. Mantashe hosted the Mine Occupational Health... 

HEAPED WITH HONOURS
Pienaar was recognised for his long-standing service to health and safety in the mining industry
HEAPED WITH HONOURS Pienaar was recognised for his long-standing service to health and safety in the mining industry

Intra-Africa trade lags

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 With the 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba – the world’s largest mining investment conference, dedicated to the capitalisation and development of mining throughout Africa – set to take place in February, insurance corporation Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC)... 

PORTIA DUBE
Intra-African exports and imports are lagging behind other regions such as Europe, Asia and North America
PORTIA DUBE Intra-African exports and imports are lagging behind other regions such as Europe, Asia and North America

Battery metals a key opportunity for Africa

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 A number of exploration projects are moving closer to production, following a period of significant explorative work financed by investors in the African battery metals space, says minerals exploration and evaluation consultancy firm The MSA Group principal consultant for critical metals Michael... 

OPTIMISING POTENTIAL
To attract further investment into the wealth of battery metals available in Africa, countries will need to mitigate investor risk
OPTIMISING POTENTIAL To attract further investment into the wealth of battery metals available in Africa, countries will need to mitigate investor risk

Energy security in Africa remains a concern

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 Amid a continued lack of access to stable and reliable energy sources in Africa – which are critical in supporting energy intensive mining operations – Zest WEG Group, subsidiary of leading equipment manufacturer WEG, expects the provision of secure energy for the African mining industry to be a... 

FULL ENERGY LINE SOLUTIONS 
Zest WEG Group can provide a reliable source of energy to miners and develop energy efficient process lines
FULL ENERGY LINE SOLUTIONS Zest WEG Group can provide a reliable source of energy to miners and develop energy efficient process lines

Vibrating-equipment manufacturer to expand internationally

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2019 As part of a new strategic growth thrust spearheaded by highly experienced mining luminary John Wallington, accomplished South African manufacturer of high-quality customised vibrating equipment – Kwatani – is looking to expand significantly further into Africa and internationally, increase its... 

Continued investment and development in Africa expected

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 International metals and minerals consultancy Roskill expects continued interest, investment and development in Africa as the electronic vehicle (EV) revolution continues, says Roskill director Jack Bedder. “Africa has a significant role to play in the lithium-ion battery and EV story. The... 

INCREASING DEMAND
Cobalt demand is set to grow significantly and prices are expected to remain high
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INCREASING DEMAND Cobalt demand is set to grow significantly and prices are expected to remain high

Commitment crucial to achieving transformation objectives – law firm

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 The local mining industry needs to commit to achieving the transformation objectives of the country, says law firm ENSafrica natural resources and environment director Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame. “Although the transformation of the mining industry continues to progress, the pace at which the industry... 

STIMULATING INVESTMENT
Africa is sending a message to the world that it is serious about stimulating investment and growth by breaking down barriers to doing business on the continent
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STIMULATING INVESTMENT Africa is sending a message to the world that it is serious about stimulating investment and growth by breaking down barriers to doing business on the continent

Harnessing the power of data vital for industry

25th January 2019 With the rapid development of new technology and the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution which is disrupting traditional processes and the way people live and work, data is becoming a hot commodity, says engineering consultancy company WorleyParsons. The challenge does not lie in... 

WORLEYPARSONS TEAM
WorleyParsons has the knowledge and expertise to offer a roadmap to help its clients navigate what is unfamiliar territory for many
WORLEYPARSONS TEAM WorleyParsons has the knowledge and expertise to offer a roadmap to help its clients navigate what is unfamiliar territory for many

MAXAM to demonstrate blasting technology

25th January 2019 Global technology company MAXAM – specialising in the design, development, manufacture and application of energetic materials – will exhibit its blasting solutions product range for mining, quarries and infrastructure works, at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba. MAXAM has an... 

RIOFLEX
RIOFLEX is a highly energetic, robust and flexible density bulk hydrogel suspension-based explosive, representing the latest development in bulk explosives technology
RIOFLEX RIOFLEX is a highly energetic, robust and flexible density bulk hydrogel suspension-based explosive, representing the latest development in bulk explosives technology

Digital technology to be showcased

25th January 2019 Digital mining technology is the name of the game as the African mining industry moves toward ever greater efficiency to optimise production within deep and narrow reefs, according to digital mining technology provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. The mining industry and visitors to this... 

REAL-TIME ACCESS
Access to real-time data allows mining companies to detect trends, improve performance and enhance maintenance of mining machinery
REAL-TIME ACCESS Access to real-time data allows mining companies to detect trends, improve performance and enhance maintenance of mining machinery

Mining Charter boosts junior mining

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 After 20 years of poor policy and oppressive regulations having all but irradiated South Africa’s junior mining sector, the local junior mining industry is beginning to turn around as a result of the Mining Charter, says minerals explorer Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart. Serving as Junior Miner... 

SCOPING STUDY COMPLETED
Orion Minerals released a scoping study on its Prieska Zinc/Copper project that established a robust first phase of production with solid cash flow potential and a payback of three years from initial production
SCOPING STUDY COMPLETED Orion Minerals released a scoping study on its Prieska Zinc/Copper project that established a robust first phase of production with solid cash flow potential and a payback of three years from initial production

Firm to exhibit mining related expertise at Indaba

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 Long-time attendee and exhibitor at the Investment in African Mining Indaba engineering consultancy firm SRK Consulting will showcase the full range of its mining-related expertise and solutions at this year’s Indaba. “SRK will once again exhibit at the 2019 Indaba, having exhibited at all the... 

ANDREW VAN ZYL, MARCIN WERTZ AND HENNIE THEART
The delegation that will lead SRK South Africa’s participation at this year’s African Mining Indaba
ANDREW VAN ZYL, MARCIN WERTZ AND HENNIE THEART The delegation that will lead SRK South Africa’s participation at this year’s African Mining Indaba

Multotec

25th January 2019 As a recognised industry leader in metallurgy and process engineering Multotec assists mining houses across the world process mine­rals more efficiently, effectively and reliably. Our equipment and expertise are used on six continents to optimise recoveries and reduce total cost of ownership for... 

Multotec

Solar Mining Services

25th January 2019 Solar Group is a dynamic and established PLC company with aspirations to achieve a significant global presence and market share. As a growing international explosives manufacturer and supplier of related accessories and delivery systems, the group has a global footprint that currently extends to... 

Solar Mining Services

Trafo Power Solutions

25th January 2019 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

25th January 2019 Since 1984 Sintech has supplied the South African market with clutches, brakes and engineering solutions for a range of applications in mining and mining-related industries. Sintech supplies services and products for the mining process itself as well as for the processing of mined products.... 

Sintech

Spotlight on Cables: Delivering power and control to critical infrastructure

25th January 2019 Mining operations the world over are reliant on a network of cables to power lighting, equipment, and critical systems, and maintain control and monitoring systems. Reliability is the gold standard sought across any installation, and cables are the backbone of all operations. So when was the last... 

Spotlight on Cables: Delivering power and control to critical infrastructure

Large new TOMRA x-ray sorter a game changer for mineral processing

25th January 2019 The contribution of X-ray ore sorting to the efficiency of mineral processing is growing, and TOMRA’s new COM XRT 2.0 sorters are taking the value added by this technology to another level. This upgraded model features higher belt speed and throughput, which translate directly into increased... 

Large new TOMRA x-ray sorter a game changer for mineral processing

Exxaro will present coal investment proposition at Indaba

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 South African coal and heavy minerals mining company Exxaro Resources will present its coal investment proposition at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba. On February 5, Exxaro representatives will present on the main stage at the twenty-fifth annual Investing in African Mining Indaba. 

BELFAST THERMAL COAL MINE
The Belfast thermal coal mine – which is expected to begin its first coal production in the first quarter of 2020 – will be discussed at the 2019 Mining Indaba
BELFAST THERMAL COAL MINE The Belfast thermal coal mine – which is expected to begin its first coal production in the first quarter of 2020 – will be discussed at the 2019 Mining Indaba

Consultancy plans to expand mining capability

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consultancy Knight Piésold aims to expand its mining capability and market share, especially in tailings, as well as assist mines in developing renewable-energy projects in remote areas where grid power is unavailable or unreliable, says Knight... 

AWARD WINNING
Knight Piésold won a South African Institution of Civil Engineering award for the design of the tailings storage facility of diversified miner Vedanta’s four-million-tonne-a-year Gamsberg zinc project
AWARD WINNING Knight Piésold won a South African Institution of Civil Engineering award for the design of the tailings storage facility of diversified miner Vedanta’s four-million-tonne-a-year Gamsberg zinc project

Indaba celebrates silver anniversary, reaffirms commitment to Africa

By: Nadine James     25th January 2019 The 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 4 to 7 – will be the twenty-fifth iteration of the event, with the “world’s largest mining conference” having reached this milestone being testimony to its relevance and value,... 

Indaba celebrates silver anniversary, reaffirms commitment to Africa

Company expansion and rebranding

25th January 2019 Global provider of temporary power services Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power has recently announced a major rebranding. The company will from now be known as Altaaqa Global Energy Services. Altaaqa Global Energy Services CEO James Shepherd tells Mining Weekly that, “the global energy... 

JAMES SHEPHERD Altaaqa Global Energy Services aims to be more than just a technology provider
JAMES SHEPHERD Altaaqa Global Energy Services aims to be more than just a technology provider

Company rebranding to be showcased

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 JSE-listed infrastructure group Aveng has begun to consolidate its opencut contracting entity Aveng Moolmans and its shaft sinking and underground business Aveng Shafts & Underground into a unified brand, which will be known as Moolmans. Aveng Mining operating group MD Stuart White tells Mining... 

BRAND UNIFICATION
Aveng groups rebranding strategy is aimed at having the African mining market identify with the consolidated brand as Moolmans from the end of 2019
BRAND UNIFICATION Aveng groups rebranding strategy is aimed at having the African mining market identify with the consolidated brand as Moolmans from the end of 2019

Sustainability raising the bar in mining industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 Mining companies are taking an increasingly leading role in improving sustainability across the industry, and a proactive approach towards ensuring long-term sustainability, says engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch chief technical officer Dennis Gibson.... 

REDUCED CARBON FOOTPRINT
Technologies, such as solar photovoltaic, hydro and wind can deliver clean energy and aid sustainability
Photo by Duane Daws
REDUCED CARBON FOOTPRINT Technologies, such as solar photovoltaic, hydro and wind can deliver clean energy and aid sustainability

Mining Indaba achieves ‘support’ goal, sees increase in investor interest

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 The goal of the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba – to support junior, midtier and major miners through investment and finance while enhancing the platform to include more discussion on sustainability – has been met, says event organiser Mining Indaba director of content Harry Chapman. He... 

INVESTOR CONFIDENCE
There was a 23% increase in international investor attendance at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba
INVESTOR CONFIDENCE There was a 23% increase in international investor attendance at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba

Disruptive MTB solution to provide for continuous operations

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 JSE-listed raise boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling launched its new mobile tunnel boring (MTB) system at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which was held from February 5 to 8, in Cape Town. The system, specifically designed for the mining sector, is suited to the... 

DANIE PRETORIUS
Master Drilling’s mobile tunnel boring system is due to arrive in South Africa in the last quarter of 2018 and it will be used at a local mine
Photo by Duane Daws
DANIE PRETORIUS Master Drilling’s mobile tunnel boring system is due to arrive in South Africa in the last quarter of 2018 and it will be used at a local mine

EV penetration rates to drive demand for numerous raw materials

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 With electric vehicle (EV) market growth to drive demand for lithium-ion batteries, as well as the materials used in their anodes and cathodes, soaring demand for numerous raw materials can be expected in the next ten years, says international metals and minerals researcher Roskill steel alloys... 

FUTURE TRENDS
Roskill delivered a presentation titled On the Road with Roskill on the side-lines of the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba
FUTURE TRENDS Roskill delivered a presentation titled On the Road with Roskill on the side-lines of the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba

SA mining outlook improves, regulatory changes still required

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 The current outlook for the mining industry is better than it is has been for some time, says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr mining head Allan Reid. Reid, who attended the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town last month, comments that the general mood at the event was... 

ALLAN REID
Mining Charter III and the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act Bill need to be amended
ALLAN REID Mining Charter III and the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act Bill need to be amended

Stability, sustainability needed for mining growth

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 South Africa needs stability, continuity and fairness in the mining industry, says engineering consultant WSP Africa transport and infrastructure division MD Dr Terence Milne, who tells Mining Weekly that presenters at the Investing in African Mining Indaba highlighted “political stability, fair... 

CLEAN ENERGY
WSP aims to explore green energy for miners in the year ahead
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CLEAN ENERGY WSP aims to explore green energy for miners in the year ahead
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