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Specialised valves business established

Updated 34 minutes ago Consumable products distributor Engineering Solutions Group (ESG), which is part of Invicta Holdings, has established a new company – Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) – that specialises in the design and manufacture of slurry related valves. “ESG’s strategy to further expand its fluid technology... 

Improved valve design, helps mine save water

By: Cameron Mackay     Updated 34 minutes ago Local valve supplier Ultra Control Valves (UCV) is manufacturing a valve based on the Valvtron Titan design and has incorporated improvements to make “one of the most abrasive-resistant valves currently available”, says UCV managing member Peter Telle. He explains that local valves company Natal... 

Improved valve design, helps mine save water
GOING WITH THE FLOW UCV supplies a range of ratio-reducing valves, which reduce pressure in a ratio between upstream and downstream pressures

Support needed for black owned downstream players

By: Cameron Mackay     Updated 34 minutes ago Black-owned businesses and industrialists in the local mining valves industry need better domestic coordination and support to protect them, while black industrialists who want to own and manage such businesses should be encouraged, says valves manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) CEO Tumi... 

Support needed for black owned downstream players
RF PINCH VALVE The RF pinch valve has a rubber sleeve with proprietary technology that includes a tube fold design

M&R's ‘all time high’ order book positions company for 2022 return to profitability 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th March 2021 Considering engineering and construction services firm Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) “all time high” order book of R60.5-billion, and near orders of R19.9-billion, CEO Henry Laas says the group is “well positioned” for a return to profitability in the 2022 financial year. He adds that the firm is... 

M&R's ‘all time high’ order book positions company for 2022 return to profitability

Brikor acquires 40% stake in Zingaro

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2021 Brick manufacturer and supplier Brikor has acquired a 40% shareholding in multiproduct road transportation services provider Zingaro Holdings for R50-million. Zingaro primarily operates in South Africa and mainly services short to medium distance routes in Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga and... 

Mantashe sees new industries emerging from South Africa’s renewables-led drive to boost electricity supply 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2021 South Africa’s move to increase electricity generation capacity provided a “unique opportunity” for the development of new industries, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said this week. Addressing delegates virtually during Canada’s annual Prospectors and Developers Association... 

Mantashe sees new industries emerging from South Africa’s renewables-led drive to boost electricity supply
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Macmahon wins Gwalia contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd March 2021 Gold miner St Barbara has appointed ASX-listed Macmahon Holdings as the underground mining contractor for its Gwalia operations, in Western Australia. Macmahon said on Wednesday that the five year contract would add some A$500-million in value to the company’s order book, with the contract to... 

Black Cat takes option on milling facility for Kal East

By: Donna Slater     1st March 2021 Gold developer Black Cat Syndicate has entered into a A$1.41-million option to acquire a 1.5-million-tonne-a-year milling facility, comprising two mills, for its Kal East gold project, in Western Australia's Goldfields. Black Cat plans to build a processing facility near the Imperial/Majestic... 

Implats, 4IR and Target North make headlines   

26th February 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Implats' R10-billion worth of new platinum projects, the feasibility study on a mine selected for the testing of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and the Greenfield exploration drilling that has restarted at Target North.   

Implats, 4IR and Target North make headlines
Implats, 4IR and Target North make headlines

Company reduces environmental risk through greener blasts

26th February 2021 For over three decades, chemicals manufacturer Omnia Holdings’ subsidiary Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) has been incorporating used oil in its emulsion explosives, making blasting greener and reducing environmental risk. Consequently, the company is the leading consumer of used oil in the... 

Gold sales are up, but production is declining

By: Halima Frost     26th February 2021 In its ‘2020 Facts and Figures’ pocketbook, published last month, Minerals Council South Africa notes that despite a total increase in gold sales of 2% South Africa’s gold production figures decreased by 13.7%. The Minerals Council attributes this to “structurally weak fundamentals underpinning... 

Gold sales are up, but production is declining
SHINY PROSPECTS The increased price of gold has detracted attention from the decrease in production figures

Positive results after gold remains resilient

By: Halima Frost     26th February 2021 The worth and resilience of gold has been proven, yet again, with midtier gold producer Pan African Resources reporting very strong results for the financial year ended in June 30, 2020 (FY20), and reasserting its aim to be debt free during 2021. Pan African Resources investor relations head... 

Global gold event taking place in SA

26th February 2021 The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) has announced that, together with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, it will be hosting the World Gold 2021 conference in August. The conference will be... 

Global gold event taking place in SA
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY SAIMM will be co hosting this years World Gold 21 event in August

Webinar highlights aims for artisanal gold project

By: Halima Frost     26th February 2021 Zahabu Safi project deputy chief of party Lazarre Potier highlighted the three key objectives of the project during a webinar held last month on ‘Exploring gold potential in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’, which was aimed at drawing attention to the gold prospects of a country renowned... 

Webinar highlights aims for artisanal gold project
SETTING THE BAR The Zahabu Safi project intends to build on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly-produced gold to jewellery buyers globally

Colliery installs filter press systems at processing plants

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     26th February 2021 Mining investment firm Menar will implement a programme comprising the installation of filter press systems at both of its Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) processing plants to maximise water reuse and recycling. The commissioning of the first filter press system is planned for next month, with... 

Colliery installs filter press systems at processing plants
FRESH AND CLEAN All the water management measures implemented by ZAC will also ensure the protection of freshwater resources against pollution

ESG principles integral to addressing carbon tax challenges

26th February 2021 Attracting new investment will increasingly depend on having a strong environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) culture, and mines aiming to reduce their carbon footprint through capital-intensive technology programmes will thus need to implement better ESG programmes to help raise... 

ESG principles integral to addressing carbon tax challenges
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BALANCING ACT Linking ESG priorities to operations’ short-term viability is complex, and a careful balancing act is needed for mines to attract and retain investors

Environmental trend spurs green financing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th February 2021 The green financing market is gaining traction in South Africa, says law firm ENSafrica natural resources and environment senior associate Mihlali Sitefane. Green financing promotes the funding of projects that contribute to sustainable development by requiring the integration of social, economic... 

Energy Regulator approves 40 MW solar licence for Gold Fields' South Deep 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th February 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) announced on Thursday that the Energy Regulator, at its meeting held on February 25, approved the issuance of a generation licence for a 40 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant to be developed at the South Deep gold mine, in Gauteng. The licence... 

Energy Regulator approves 40 MW solar licence for Gold Fields' South Deep

South African miners to focus on competitiveness and embrace 4IR to thrive  

By: Donna Slater     24th February 2021 For the South African mining industry to thrive, it needs to focus on its competitiveness and it should embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), says University of Johannesburg Vice Chancellor and principal professor Tshilidzi Marwala. He spoke during the Joburg Indaba’s Modernisation in... 

South African miners to focus on competitiveness and embrace 4IR to thrive
South Africa’s mining industry needs to improve its competitiveness in line with its 4IR ambitions, says University of Johannesburg Vice Chancellor and principal professor Tshilidzi Marwala (Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd).

4IR in mining heralds generational change of guard, softer digital jobs – Butcher 

By: Donna Slater     24th February 2021 Along with the adoption of technologies needed for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) could potentially come a change in the type of jobs being created in the mining industry, gold miner Gold Fields technical executive VP Richard Butler has said. Speaking during the Joburg Indaba’s... 

AECI’s diversification strategy helped to deliver solid 2020 performance amid challenging year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th February 2021 JSE-listed chemicals group AECI has declared a final cash dividend of 470c apiece for the year ended December 31, 2020, despite a 55% year-on-year decrease in profit from operations to R917-million. The total ordinary dividend for 2020 was 570c apiece, unchanged from the total dividend for 2019.  

AECI’s diversification strategy helped to deliver solid 2020 performance amid challenging year
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AECI CEO Mark Dytor

Aveng hopes to build on first positive earnings since 2014 as restructuring nears end  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2021 Infrastructure and contract mining group Aveng, which is at the tail-end of a far-reaching restructuring exercise that has been under way since 2017, has reported its first positive earnings since 2014, recording headline earnings of R109-million for the six months to December 31. The recovery... 

Aveng hopes to build on first positive earnings since 2014 as restructuring nears end
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Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan

PIC now owns 15% of Exxaro’s shares

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd February 2021 The State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has increased its shareholding in coal and renewable energy company Exxaro Resources to just over 15.13%, the company announced on February 22. Exxaro is headed by Mxolisi Mgojo and is the only producing mine in the coal-rich Waterberg region... 

Covid-19 created a digitalisation opportunity for mining industry - panel 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has created an opportunity for the global mining industry to use available digital technologies to leapfrog productivity gaps, says Bosch mining solutions head Jonas Corali. Speaking during a panel discussion on February 18, which was focused on how digitalisation is... 

Contractor onboarding creates safe mining operations

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th February 2021 Onboarding solutions provider KBC Health & Safety has been hired by coal and minerals mining company Exxaro to oversee the onboarding of contractors for its Grootegeluk Six (GG6) expansion project, in Limpopo, South Africa. The new GG6 plant will enable an additional 600 t/h of throughput o‌n the... 

Contractor onboarding creates safe mining operations
DRIES LOUBSER KBC has been employed by Exxaro to facilitate the site-specific inductions for the GG6 contractors at the Exxaro Marapong Training Centre

Digital tech advances project management

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th February 2021 Since the development and application of critical chain methods, no real new project management techniques have been developed, but information, digital and design technologies have accelerated. This has resulted in improved application of existing project management methodologies, says tertiary... 

Digital tech advances project management
GIEL BEKKER In the mining sector, we have already witnessed the application of digital twins, but this tool is still new with many lessons still to be learned

Two-phase coal project will secure production

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th February 2021 Coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal’s De Wittekrans greenfield project, in Mpumalanga, South Africa, will take place in two phases. Phase 1 – the opencast operation – has an economically minable reserve of 14.3-million tonnes of run-of-mine (RoM), while Phase 2 comprises the... 

Two-phase coal project will secure production
KEEP IT COAL The De Wittekrans mine has an estimated life-of-mine of about 25 years

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... 

Namibia suspends new mining right applications
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... 

Uranium industry awaits price increase
SAFETY FIRST Radiation Safety Working Group inspecting final product transport at the Husab Mine

Concentrator plant at platinum mine under way

By: Darren Parker     19th February 2021 Engineering, design and project management company COENG is overseeing the engineering design, procurement and construction management of a three-million-tonne-a-year concentrator plan at platinum mining company Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung platinum mine, in the North West. Phase 1 of the project,... 

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... 

Improved tailings disposal could reduce water use
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

Transnet adjusts infrastructure strategy to deal with damaging weather conditions

By: Donna Slater     18th February 2021 State-owned Transnet is investigating methods to deal with unpredictable and severe weather patterns, which have negatively affected the railway network during and after cyclone Eloise hit Southern Africa in late January, resulting in heavy rainfall across South Africa. Transnet Freight Rail... 

Transnet adjusts infrastructure strategy to deal with damaging weather conditions
The results of a recent wash-away incident

Aus invests in resource skills

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th February 2021 The federal government has unveiled a new strategy to assist in job uptake in the resources sector, and to ensure that Australia had sufficient skilled workers to meet future demand. The resources sector represents half of Australia’s exports and directly employs over 260 000 people in... 

Resources Watch  

17th February 2021 This week: Vision Blue helping world to achieve green dream with high-return prospects for investors; Alluvial diamond miners outline way to save fast-shrinking industry; And, Generator supplier completing two orders 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Eskom could launch bidding for repurposing and repowering of Komati within two months  

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom is preparing a pioneering request for proposals (RFP) for the repowering and repurposing of the Komati power station, in Mpumalanga, which is among the first four coal plants scheduled for decommissioning in the coming few years. Eskom just energy transition office... 

Eskom could launch bidding for repurposing and repowering of Komati within two months
The Komati power station

NRW's offer for Primero reaches peak

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th February 2021 ASX-listed NRW Holdings will start with the compulsory acquisition of the remaining shares in takeover target Primero Group, after obtaining a 98.43% interest in the company. NRW last year launched a takeover offer for Primero, offering shareholders 27.5c in cash and 0.106 NRW shares for each... 

SRG wins major Fortescue contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th February 2021 Iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals has awarded contractor SRG Global a A$150-million term contract to provide multi-disciplinary services at its mine, rail and port locations across Western Australia. The A$150-million contract is a master agreement for maintenance and shutdown services, initially... 

NRW extends Primero deadline

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th February 2021 Mining contractor NRW has extended its takeover offer period for vertically integrated engineering design, construction and operational services provider Primero Group until February. NRW last year launched a takeover offer for Primero, offering shareholders 27.5c in cash and 0.106 NRW shares... 

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